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 Senator: Plan 'extremely unwise' Legislative leadership already attempted to resume proceedings — which were temporarily halted March 23, as the number of COVID-19 cases climbed — once before. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Arizona Senate plans to end session at the Legislature on Friday; House reverses course," 7 May 2020 Generalizing is additionally unwise because the process of delineating generations is hardly scientific. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "Oh No, They’ve Come Up With Another Generation Label," 21 Feb. 2020 In a recent interview, Mr. Shepherd acknowledged that drinking on the job was prevalent, and unwise, during Underbelly’s early days, but ended after the suit was filed. Brett Anderson, New York Times, "The Face of Houston’s Diverse Dining Scene Is a White Guy From Nebraska," 17 Mar. 2020 Public officials and Trump allies cautioned that easing up on measures to curb the spread of the virus is unwise. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Hoping for Easter resurrection, Trump promises to ease pandemic restrictions," 24 Mar. 2020 Changing the entire system quickly is unwise (see: Iowa). Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "10 questions about the 2020 election during the coronavirus pandemic, answered," 18 Mar. 2020 The only things standing in the way are unwise public policies. Marie Fishpaw, National Review, "A Health Plan for President Trump," 1 Aug. 2019 For a glimpse at a possible future, Imhoof goes to a region in northern China, where unwise agricultural policies imposed decades ago have virtually exterminated all the bees. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "Doc Talk: From an injustice in Georgia to a plea for bees," 11 July 2019 But Cao thinks the move is unwise and goes to the other extreme. Dalmeet Singh Chawla, Science | AAAS, "A single ‘paper mill’ appears to have churned out 400 papers, sleuths find," 27 Feb. 2020

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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 29 May. 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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