unserious

adjective
un·se·ri·ous | \ˌən-ˈsir-ē-əs \

Definition of unserious 

: not serious unserious writers unserious debates … recognize the difference between serious and unserious warnings.— Meg Greenfield

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Other Words from unserious

unseriously adverb
talking unseriously
unseriousness noun

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Stylistically, his theatrical approach to politics strikes Europeans as both dangerous and unserious. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Why Trump Clashes With Europe," 11 June 2018 After vetoing two unserious, mostly punitive Republican welfare bills, Clinton signed one that was only marginally less bad. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018 Many of these are unserious and relatively unremarkable, the sort of thing that might happen to a human driver and that an insurance company would never hear about. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "A Cruise-on-Cruise Crash Reveals the Hardest Thing About Self-Driving Tech," 3 July 2018 The unserious manner in which most members of our political class have treated this question is disquieting. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "We the seagulls," 22 June 2018 To not take the World Cup seriously—or worse, to ignore it altogether—is to declare yourself in 2018 an unserious sports fan, because there is no bigger sports spectacle, with greater stakes, than this. Jason Gay, WSJ, "A World Cup With It All, Just Not U.S.," 12 June 2018 That Sessions is willing to burn the house down over such a mundane concept tells us a lot about how unserious his whole position is. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "On Obamacare, the Department of Justice Is Standing Against the Rule of Law," 8 June 2018 Sports can be hard to take seriously, because sports are often unserious. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Sports’ Newest Battlefront: Mental Health," 20 May 2018 If an injury is unserious, a child should rise to the occasion and play on. Abigail Shrier, WSJ, "‘Knock It Off’ and ‘Shake It Off’: The Case for Dad-Style Parenting," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unserious

1655, in the meaning defined above

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