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

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inadvisability \ ˌi-​nəd-​ˌvī-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inadvisability (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 But the pandemic canceled such large gatherings, and also made air travel inadvisable. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Returning to London," 19 Oct. 2020 There was no trail, and getting to it required climbing up the face of a small mountain, mostly by grabbing the trunks of saplings—a strategy any reasonable outdoorsperson would describe as inadvisable—and scrambling to find holds in large rocks. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Adrianne Lenker’s Radical Honesty," 12 Oct. 2020 More recently, researchers in Sweden concluded that singing with a mask is akin to speaking without one, making the activity perhaps less uniquely perilous but no less inadvisable. Philissa Cramer,, "How Jews adapt to the sudden disappearance of communal singing," 16 Sep. 2020 Doctors have noted that complications from the virus can lead to a long-term reduction in lung capacity and blood-clotting issues that might make any sports participation inadvisable. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "How COVID-19 Reveals the Cruelty of Pro Football," 10 Sep. 2020 Beyond working at a quick pace that makes hitters uncomfortable, Suter does something that might seen inadvisable with a fastball that averages 86 mph. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In a season with a lot of swinging and missing, Keston Hiura makes contact at key time," 16 Aug. 2020 Many ventilators can support more than one patient at a time, but doing so comes with complications that have made this practice inadvisable. Hyacinth Empinado, STAT, "Watch: MIT engineers develop a system to help physicians get the most out of ventilators," 4 June 2020 While stores and restaurants were open, people were told to keep at a distance from one another, and gatherings of more than 10 people were considered inadvisable. New York Times, "Lesson From Singapore: Why We May Need to Think Bigger," 14 Apr. 2020 Public health experts and a wide range of economists say that is both unlikely and inadvisable. New York Times, "A $2 Trillion Lifeline Will Help, but More May Be Needed," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of inadvisable

1870, in the meaning defined above

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31 Oct 2020

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“Inadvisable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inadvisable

: not wise, sensible, or reasonable : not advisable


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Kids Definition of inadvisable

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

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