judicious stresses a capacity for reaching wise decisions or just conclusions.
judicious parents using kindness and discipline in equal measure
prudent suggests the exercise of restraint guided by sound practical wisdom and discretion.
a prudent decision to wait out the storm
sensible applies to action guided and restrained by good sense and rationality.
a sensible woman who was not fooled by flattery
sane stresses mental soundness, rationality, and levelheadedness.
remained sane even in times of crises
Examples of wise in a Sentence
I'm a little wiser now than I was back then.
The wisest course of action would be to leave.
That was a wise choice.
Many have benefited from her wise counsel.
Recent Examples on the Web
However, it is known that the latest iteration will bring the story to the East Coast and focus on a teen from China who finds strength and direction via martial arts and a tough but wise mentor.—Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Nov. 2023 These journeys haven’t been smooth, but many of the challenges are those of growing older and a little wiser.—Lisa Kennedy, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 Cooperation may have been legally wise a year ago, but at this point, the cake is baked.—Luke Barr, ABC News, 14 Nov. 2023 Here was a clear Enron parallel: Enron Broadband, a proto-streaming initiative, was essentially a premature version of Netflix; in a slightly different world, the company might have pulled it off and no one would have been the wiser.—Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2023 Throughout the debate, DeSantis often pivoted to immigration and financial concerns in his answers, which was wise as polls show those are principal concerns for Republicans.—538 and Abc News, ABC News, 9 Nov. 2023 Though the two share a 20-year age gap, Gillies remembers feeling wise beyond her years at a young age.—Courtney Young, Peoplemag, 5 Nov. 2023 The townspeople found the spectacle ridiculous, but her caution was wise.—James Verini Paolo Pellegrin, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2023 There is evidence that leaving plant material intact is a wise ecological move.—Tovah Martin, Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2023
In the meantime, however, regulators are wising up to the fact that blockchains are creating a new frontier for policing.—Leo Schwartz, Fortune Crypto, 16 Aug. 2023 As such, brands across all sectors are wising up to the importance of this generation, and rapidly changing their marketing strategies.—Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2023 View Photos Now, other magazines might be content to wring their hands and pose rhetorical questions about when the dopes buying SUVs will wise up and discover the virtues of the wagon, but not this one.—Frank Markus, Car and Driver, 15 July 2023 Speaking out The world is starting to wise up, though, according to Kate Griggs, a dyslexic mother of two dyslexic children who is now CEO of Made by Dyslexia, a nonprofit that aims to educate the public and teachers about learning disabilities.—Victoria Clayton, Washington Post, 12 June 2023 Many items are already beginning to sell out, and so word to wise: make your selection ASAP!—Sophie Dweck, townandcountrymag.com, 3 June 2023 Seattle's Ron Francis didn't have that luxury because rival GMs had wised up.—Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2023 Team-wise the Guards rank third in the AL with 14 homers from the ninth inning on.—Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 28 July 2022 For Bank of America, there is a series of far deeper shifts taking place globally that investors need to wise up to.—Declan Harty, Fortune, 10 June 2022 See More
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Middle English wis, from Old English wīs; akin to Old High German wīs wise, Old English witan to know — more at wit
Middle English, from Old English wīse; akin to Old High German wīsa manner, Greek eidos form, idein to see — more at wit
Middle English, from Old English wīsian; akin to Old Norse vīsa to show the way, Old English wīs wise
Adverb combining form
Middle English, from Old English -wīsan, from wīse manner
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a