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wise

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of wise

  1. 1 having or showing deep understanding and intelligent application of knowledge a respected and wise old judge famous for her sensible rulings Synonyms of wise discerning, insightful, perceptive, prudent, sagacious, sage, sapient Words Related to wise acute, penetrating, percipient, perspicacious; experienced; discriminating, discriminative; brainy, bright, brilliant, clever, intelligent, keen, nimble, quick, quick-witted, smart; cerebral, erudite, knowledgeable, learned, literate, scholarly; astute, clearheaded, piercing, sharp, shrewd; contemplative, reflective, thoughtful Near Antonyms of wise dense, dull, obtuse, purblind, woodenheaded; brainless, dumb, feebleminded, foolish, idiotic (also idiotical), imbecile (or imbecilic), knuckleheaded, moronic, silly, simple, slow, slow-witted, stupid, thoughtless, unintelligent, witless; undiscriminating Antonyms of wise unperceptive, unwise

  2. 2 having inside information they fooled everyone else, but I'd heard them talking and was wise to their true intentions Synonyms of wise hip, knowing Words Related to wise alerted, aware, clued (in), forewarned, informed, prepared, ready, warned; observant, observing, sharp, sharp-eyed; alert, attentive, open-eyed, vigilant, watchful; plugged-in, with-it Phrases in the know Near Antonyms of wise oblivious, unaware, unconscious, uninformed, unwitting; heedless, unmindful; unprepared, unready, unwary Antonyms of wise unknowing

  3. 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 Synonyms of wise advisable, desirable, judicious, politic, prudent, tactical, expedientWords Related to wise advantageous, beneficial, profitable; useful, utilitarian; feasible, possible, practicable, practical; opportune, seasonable, timely; opportunistic, self-seekingNear Antonyms of wise impractical, profitless, unfeasible, unprofitable; inopportune, unseasonable, untimelyAntonyms of wise impolitic, imprudent, inadvisable, inexpedient, injudicious, unwise

  4. 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 Synonyms of wise cute, facetious, flip, pert, smart, smart-aleck, smart-alecky, smart-ass, smart-assed, smarty-pants, flippant, wiseassWords Related to wise flighty, frivolous; cheeky, cocky, fresh, impertinent, impish, impudent, mischievous, playful, roguish, sassy, saucy, waggish; disrespectful, rude; breezy, casual, glib, inappropriate, thoughtlessNear Antonyms of wise grave, serious, sober, solemn, somber (or sombre)Antonyms of wise earnest, sincere

  5. 5 displaying or marked by rude boldness she is competent, but she's always getting wise with the boss Synonyms of wise arch, audacious, bold, bold-faced, brash, brassbound, brassy, brazen, brazen-faced, cheeky, cocksure, cocky, fresh, impertinent, impudent, insolent, sassy, saucy, nervyWords Related to wise assertive, forward, obtrusive; audacious, defiant, disrespectful; shameless, unabashed, unblushing; bluff, blunt, curt; cute, facetious, flip, flippant, pert, smart, smart-aleck, smart-alecky; lippy, mouthyNear Antonyms of wise demure, humble, modest; courteous, genteel, mannerly, polite, proper; deferential, respectful; abashed, ashamed, blushing, embarrassed, shamefaced; gentle, mild; inconspicuous, unobtrusiveAntonyms of wise meek, mousy (or mousey), retiring, shy, timid

Synonym Discussion of wise

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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