un·​wise | \ ˌən-ˈwīz How to pronounce unwise (audio) \

Definition of unwise

: lacking wisdom or good sense : foolish, imprudent

Other Words from unwise

unwisely adverb

Examples of unwise in a Sentence

It would be unwise to buy a house now. made the unwise decision to invest in a brand-new company
Recent Examples on the Web During the pandemic, younger males have been fueling the wobbly recovery of the domestic box office, so limiting younger audience members could be perceived as unwise. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 12 Jan. 2022 That said, trying to squeeze crypto instruments and organizations strictly into existing policy frameworks is equally as unwise. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Old-school executives who try to maintain a high wall between the workplace and the outside world are unwise. Cheryl Naumann, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2022 Lady Danbury thinks this is unwise but agrees to secrecy. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 26 Mar. 2022 Given the danger that Russia, a state that puts power politics above economic efficiency, would use that leverage as a way to influence the direction of German foreign policy in the event of further adventurism from the Kremlin, this was unwise. Jordan Mcgillis, National Review, 10 Mar. 2022 Melvyn Leffler, Fredrik Logevall, Odd Arne Westad, and other historians have made the case that the U.S. committed crimes that were both unwise and unnecessary. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 10 Mar. 2022 But evidence suggests that Doderer might have wanted to revisit his own unwise decisions. Francine Prose, The New York Review of Books, 23 Feb. 2022 And while they were successfully relegated to the political fringes in the late 1990s and early 2000s as both politically unwise and fundamentally racist, both Trump and Carlson have helped move them to the center of the Republican Party. Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 15 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unwise

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unwise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwise. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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un·​wise | \ ˌən-ˈwīz How to pronounce unwise (audio) \

Kids Definition of unwise

: foolish an unwise decision

Other Words from unwise

unwisely adverb

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