un·​wise | \ ˌən-ˈwīz How to pronounce unwise (audio) \

Definition of unwise

: lacking wisdom or good sense : foolish, imprudent

Other Words from unwise

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 But picking against Alabama at this point in the season is usually unwise. USA TODAY, 1 Jan. 2022 But his final thought that China in distress might be helped by the U.S. is unwise. WSJ, 29 Dec. 2021 But Clarence Thomas has shown in his time on the Court that reflexive deference to them is unwise. Adam J. Macleod, National Review, 22 Oct. 2021 Both of which, though initially seeming to be unwise plays, turned out to be exceptionally lucrative. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 The joint’s laxity was an issue for several years, but flared up last March when Tatis made an unwise headfirst slide — on an uncontested play — and banged the shoulder. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Oct. 2021 The outcome of Elizabeth Holmes’s trial partly hinges on how jurors answer the question of whether investors in Theranos Inc. were savvy speculators who made an unwise but informed bet or were hoodwinked by a lying founder. Heather Somerville, WSJ, 27 Sep. 2021 And their beefs are far more significant than Newsom’s unwise, unmasked dinner at the French Laundry. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Sep. 2021 It’s never a good time to start a fire in your house, but doing it when emergency services are probably already busy elsewhere is particularly unwise. Jessica Roy, Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2021

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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 20 Jan. 2022.

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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

Other Words from unwise

unwisely adverb

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