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

Definition of unwise

: lacking wisdom or good sense : foolish, imprudent

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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 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 But some members, who include prominent consumer advocates, academics and industry executives, began to complain that Mulvaney was ignoring them and making unwise decisions about the agency's future. Renae Merle, chicagotribune.com, "Mulvaney fires all 25 members of consumer watchdog's advisory board," 7 June 2018 But the timing of Harry’s statement, during their successful African tour, was unwise, says Dickie Arbiter, a former press secretary for the queen. The Economist, "Prince Harry accuses the press of hounding Meghan as it did Diana," 3 Oct. 2019 Running exclusively zone against Baltimore is unlikely, and probably unwise. cleveland, "Stopping Lamar Jackson: What the Browns can do to contain the NFL’s most dynamic quarterback - Film Review," 26 Sep. 2019 In 2011, President Obama executed a politically popular but ultimately unwise withdrawal from Iraq. David French, National Review, "The Terrible Dilemma at the Heart of American Policy in Afghanistan and Syria," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of unwise

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unwise.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwise. Accessed 24 January 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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