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

Definition of unwise

: lacking wisdom or good sense : foolish, imprudent

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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 Arresting, prosecuting, and incarcerating people at the federal level is unwise and unjust. BostonGlobe.com, "For the first time in history, a congressional committee has approved a bill to end federal marijuana prohibition.," 21 Nov. 2019 That was rather unwise, as was the centre-back's description of Villa's relegation as 'a weight off the shoulders'. SI.com, "Granit Xhaka & 8 Other Players Whose Own Fans Turned on Them," 28 Oct. 2019 To understand the unwise episode with Caroline, it must be remembered that Lowell had suffered since youth from bipolar disorder, which recurred—almost yearly—as a destructive elation followed by a desolate depression. Helen Vendler, Harper's magazine, "Dearest Lizzie," 20 Jan. 2020 Chapter 6 had Mando reunite with mercenary buddies and get caught up in an unwise scheme to break an old friend out of a prison ship. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "The Mandalorian recap: Chapter 8 ‘Redemption’," 27 Dec. 2019 Coyotes forward Christian Dvorak made an unwise pass on the offensive blue line and turned it over to Toronto's Pierre Engvall, who scored his first NHL goal. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes stumble in loss to struggling Maple Leafs," 21 Nov. 2019 The usual end-of-cycle euphoria, which causes companies to make unwise investments and draws greenhorns into speculative assets, is not there. The Economist, "How stories can help explain booms and busts," 10 Oct. 2019 In fact, LaHood seemed eager to go negative virtually the moment Gonzales entered the race, an unwise strategy for an incumbent who could have leaned on his record and ignored an opponent with no name identification. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "For LaHood, pride came before the fall," 6 Mar. 2018 Brexit is an unwise decision that has triggered anew Brussels’s protective response. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "A ‘No Deal’ Brexit Can Save the European Union," 17 Jan. 2019

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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 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unwise

: not intelligent or wise


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

Kids Definition of unwise

: foolish an unwise decision

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