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

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There is a story that a LM fuel tank unwisely tapped with a ball-point pen during outdoor testing resulted in that pen being embedded in a fence post some way away, along with some of the unwise tapping finger. Oliver Morton, WIRED, "The Beauty and Madness of Sending a Man to the Moon," 4 June 2019 However, Trump might be duped into unwise concessions, like a premature U.S. pullout that would betray Syrian Kurds and aid Iran. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "Analysis: Trump gets his summit with Putin. Watch out! | Trudy Rubin," 27 June 2018 In a sign of internal EU conflict, the bloc’s executive arm proposed on Wednesday that the European Investment Bank expand its lending remit to cover Iran, a plan EIB President Werner Hoyer immediately rejected as being risky and unwise. Gregory Viscusi, Bloomberg.com, "With Iran Deal Teetering, Europe Seeks Exemption From U.S. Sanctions," 6 June 2018 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

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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