unwise

adjective
un·​wise | \ ˌən-ˈwīz \

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

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Experts worry that handing over crucial decisions to algorithms that cannot explain their thinking or understand human behavior is unwise, while firms selling these services say a machine-level approach is more detailed and impartial. James Vincent, The Verge, "Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter limit data access for AI-powered babysitter background checks," 29 Nov. 2018 In a probably unwise video posted on October 29th, C.R. echoed those sentiments, freely admitting to the exact thing that Epic Games accuses him of. Sarah Jeong, The Verge, "The curious case of the Fortnite cheater," 9 May 2018 That decision looks unwise in hindsight, but Goldman had generated $13 billion in stock revenue in 2008, a high-water mark for the industry. Hugh Son, Bloomberg.com, "Wall Street’s Big Banks Are Waging an All-Out Technological Arms Race," 5 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, an unwise gamble on an unproven position coach on the rise has the potential to wreck your defense in a year’s time. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Brian VanGorder is the most important hire Bobby Petrino has made yet at Louisville," 31 Jan. 2018 But one of the central parts of our philosophy here is that rushing to judgement on complicated matters is unwise and bad for our civic health. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems opt to stick it out with Pelosi," 28 Sep. 2018 To try to unring that bell would be unwise and inappropriate, albeit easy and popular. Dawn Rhodes, chicagotribune.com, "Northwestern revokes honorary degree given to Bill Cosby," 18 June 2018 Republicans reacted harshly to Trump's statements about his power to pardon himself, warning that such a move would be unwise and an abuse of power. Anchorage Daily News, "Paul Ryan says no proof FBI spied on Trump campaign," 6 June 2018 However, issuing Russia probe pardons at this point would be a very unwise move on Trump’s part, as his former associates would be unable to plead the Fifth Amendment if called to testify against him. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Trump Isn’t Pardoning Allies Caught in the Mueller Probe – Yet," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of unwise

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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unwise

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unwise

: not intelligent or wise

unwise

adjective
un·​wise | \ ˌən-ˈwīz \

Kids Definition of unwise

: foolish an unwise decision

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