unwise

  • 1 Unwise — Un*wise , a. [AS. unw[=i]s. See {Un } not, and {Wise}, a.] Not wise; defective in wisdom; injudicious; indiscreet; foolish; as, an unwise man; unwise kings; unwise measures. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 2 unwise — I adjective detrimental, disadvantageous, fatuous, foolish, ill advised, ill considered, ill contrived, ill devised, ill judged, ill managed, illogical, impolitic, imprudent, inadvisable, inane, inappropriate, inapt, incongruous, inept,… …

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  • 3 unwise — O.E. unwis, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + WISE (Cf. wise) (adj.). Cf. M.Du. onwijs, O.H.G. unwis, Ger. unweise, O.N. uviss, Goth. unweis …

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  • 4 unwise — [adj] stupid, irresponsible childish, foolhardy, foolish, ill advised, ill considered, immature, impolitic, improvident, imprudent, inadvisable, inane, inappropriate, indiscreet, inept, injudicious, misguided, naive, rash, reckless, senseless,… …

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  • 5 unwise — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ foolish. DERIVATIVES unwisely adverb …

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  • 6 unwise — [un wīz′, un′wīz΄] adj. [ME < OE unwis: see UN & WISE1] having or showing a lack of wisdom or sound judgment; foolish; imprudent unwisely adv …

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  • 7 unwise — adj. unwise to + inf. (it would be unwise to walk through the park at midnight) * * * [ʌn waɪz] unwise to + inf. (it would be unwise to walk through the park at midnight) …

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  • 8 unwise — [[t]ʌ̱nwa͟ɪz[/t]] ADJ GRADED: oft it v link ADJ to inf If you describe something as unwise, you think that it is foolish and likely to lead to a bad result. It would be unwise to expect too much... I think this is extremely unwise. ...a series of …

    English dictionary

  • 9 unwise — UK [ʌnˈwaɪz] / US [ˌʌnˈwaɪz] adjective Word forms unwise : adjective unwise comparative unwiser superlative unwisest formal not sensible an unwise investment It would be unwise at this stage to be too optimistic. Derived word: unwisely adverb She …

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  • 10 unwise — adjective Not wise; defective in wisdom; injudicious; indiscreet; foolish. unwise man; unwise kings; unwise measures Ant: wise …

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  • 11 unwise — unwisely, adv. unwiseness, n. /un wuyz /, adj., unwiser, unwisest. not wise; foolish; imprudent; lacking in good sense or judgment: an unwise choice; an unwise man. [bef. 900; ME; OE unwis. See UN 1, WISE1] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 12 unwise — un|wise [ˌʌnˈwaız] adj not based on good judgment (it is) unwise to do sth ▪ It s unwise to keep medicines in a place that can be reached by children. >unwisely adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 unwise — un|wise [ ,ʌn waız ] adjective FORMAL not sensible: an unwise investment It would be unwise at this stage to be too optimistic. ╾ un|wise|ly adverb: She unwisely decided to walk home alone …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 unwise — adj. Unwise is used with these nouns: ↑decision, ↑move …

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  • 15 unwise — adjective it would have been unwise to argue Syn: injudicious, ill advised, ill judged, imprudent, inexpedient, foolish, silly, inadvisable, impolitic, misguided, foolhardy, irresponsible, impetuous, rash, hasty, overhasty, reckless Ant …

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  • 16 unwise — adjective Date: before 12th century lacking wisdom or good sense ; foolish, imprudent • unwisely adverb …

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  • 17 unwise — Synonyms and related words: bad, brainless, childish, fatuous, foolish, futile, headless, ignorant, ill advised, ill considered, ill contrived, ill devised, ill gauged, ill judged, ill suited, ill timed, immature, impolitic, impractical, improper …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 unwíse — see unwíslíce …

    Old to modern English dictionary

  • 19 unwise — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. foolish, injudicious, imprudent, ill advised; senseless, impolitic, indiscreet. See folly. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. ill considered, ill advised, rash; see stupid 1 . III (Roget s 3… …

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  • 20 unwise — adj. Wright’s L. P. p. 101. Pol. S. 153 …

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