in·​ad·​vis·​able | \ ˌi-nəd-ˈvī-zə-bəl How to pronounce inadvisable (audio) \

Definition of inadvisable

: not advisable : not wise or prudent inadvisable haste

Other Words from inadvisable

inadvisability \ ˌi-​nəd-​ˌvī-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inadvisable (audio) \ noun

Examples of inadvisable in a Sentence

The procedure is inadvisable because of the risks involved. It would be highly inadvisable to attempt to do this ourselves.
Recent Examples on the Web Finally, the use of strategic reserves for short-term political gain is certainly inadvisable. Michael Lynch, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 While swimming is still inadvisable and prohibited at most Illinois beaches, the first weekend of fall may reach the 80-degree mark., 23 Sep. 2021 All states exempt people with medical conditions that make vaccination inadvisable. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 9 Sep. 2021 Letting DeBrusk walk for nothing would be inadvisable., 14 July 2021 If her first time going back to Yemen had been inadvisable, this time was worse. Caitlin Dwyer, Longreads, 29 May 2021 When the pandemic made much travel inadvisable, several airline loyalty programs, including those for American, Frontier, Emirates and All Nippon Airways, delayed the expiration dates of their points by several months. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021 Now the tournament is back, set this year exclusively in Indiana, as a sprawling nationwide tournament remains inadvisable in a lingering pandemic. Jason Gay, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2021 Many in the Vatican and Iraq’s clergy thought the trip’s timing inadvisable and hoped the pope would delay it, according to people familiar with the matter. Ghassan Adnan, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of inadvisable

1870, in the meaning defined above

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“Inadvisable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inadvisable

: not wise, sensible, or reasonable : not advisable


in·​ad·​vis·​able | \ ˌi-nəd-ˈvī-zə-bəl How to pronounce inadvisable (audio) \

Kids Definition of inadvisable

: not wise to do : not advisable It's inadvisable to drive during the storm.

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