un·​wise ˌən-ˈwīz How to pronounce unwise (audio)
: lacking wisdom or good sense : foolish, imprudent
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 Attempting a similar comeback against a Kansas City team that knows how to put opponents away is unwise. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 But amid the Heat’s recent run of injuries, Richardson said expectations can be unwise. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 5 Jan. 2024 No doubt the governing body of Harvard took pity on her, seeing it as unnecessary and unwise to oust the first black female president of America’s most prestigious university. WSJ, 26 Dec. 2023 Paying $1,200 in cash would have been difficult, and putting the purchase on a credit card seemed unwise. Jordyn Holman, New York Times, 20 Dec. 2023 Still, American studios would be unwise to pander to Chinese audiences any time soon. Patrick Frater, Variety, 21 Dec. 2023 Interest in the latter saga fizzled amid the unwise decision to stretch out the third novel in Suzanne Collins’s trilogy with enough filler to constitute two films. Kyle Smith, WSJ, 16 Nov. 2023 The shops will be prohibited in many places, including within the city’s coastal zone, which is primarily areas west of Interstate 5. Council members added the condition of the weighted lottery in response to people who said that a straight lottery would be unwise. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Nov. 2023 Filters in the system try to block some unwise suggestions, like those that could be unfriendly to pedestrians. Paresh Dave, WIRED, 10 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unwise was before the 12th century

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“Unwise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwise. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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un·​wise ˌən-ˈwīz How to pronounce unwise (audio)
: not wise : foolish
unwisely adverb

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