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2 having inside information
  • they fooled everyone else, but I'd heard them talking and was wise to their true intentions

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3 suitable for bringing about a desired result under the circumstances
  • selling the stock just before it plunged in value was a wise move on your part

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4 making light of something usually regarded as serious or sacred
  • you wouldn't be so wise if you were the one suffering from hemorrhoids

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wise, sage, sapient, judicious, prudent, sensible, sane mean having or showing sound judgment. wise suggests great understanding of people and of situations and unusual discernment and judgment in dealing with them. wise beyond his tender years sage suggests wide experience, great learning, and wisdom. the sage advice of my father sapient suggests great sagacity and discernment. the sapient musings of an old philosopher 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

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The first known use of wise was before the 12th century

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“Wise.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/wise. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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