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 What Germany did and still does is never to stop producing, never to stop productive investment, and thus never to need countenancing the unjust suppression of labor or unwise financialization of its economy. Robert Hockett, Forbes, "The Specter Of ‘the Specter Of Inflation’," 4 Apr. 2021 This open access is unwise and ought to be restricted. Tom Cotton, National Review, "What the U.S. Must Do to Beat China," 17 Mar. 2021 Dallas was undisciplined in the first and the Lightning took unwise penalties in the second. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "Tampa Bay Lightning start fast, hang on for series-tying win against Dallas Stars," 22 Sep. 2020 Toya shares that Kenya is having issues with Marc re: divorce and alimony which was an unwise decision on her part. Chris Murphy, Vulture, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," 14 Mar. 2021 Nelson Cruz turns 41 on July 1, and history says his skills will decline, so adding years to his deal struck the Twins as unwise. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Twins Mailbag: Service time, one-year contracts, Andrew Albers and trading prospects," 12 Feb. 2021 For Kerr and Popovich, rising caseload numbers across the country made the prospect of a dinner out unwise. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich gives NBA coaches courage to speak out on social issues," 21 Jan. 2021 On one Telegram channel, talk turned to whether a large presence by the National Guard and law enforcement would make any protest unwise. Sheera Frenkel, New York Times, "Fringe Groups Splinter Online After Facebook and Twitter Bans," 11 Jan. 2021 Scrimping on these capabilities to pay for nuclear weapons and their means of delivery is an unwise idea. Michael Krepon, Forbes, "Is The Pentagon Preparing To Fight The Wrong War?," 4 Mar. 2021

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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 23 Apr. 2021.

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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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