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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unwiseadjective

    showing or resulting from lack of judgment or wisdom

    "an unwise investor is soon impoverished"

  2. inexpedient, unwiseadjective

    not appropriate to the purpose


  1. unwiseadjective

    Not wise; defective in wisdom; injudicious; indiscreet; foolish.

    unwise man; unwise kings; unwise measures

  2. Etymology: From unwis, from unwis, equivalent to. Cognate with onwijs, unweise, uvis, ovis, óvís.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unwiseadjective

    Weak; defective in wisdom.

    O good, but most unwise patricians! why,
    You grave, but reckless senators, have you thus
    Giv’n Hydra here to chuse an officer? William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Be not ta’en tardy by unwise delay. William Shakespeare.

    He who of those delights can judge, and spare
    To interpose them oft, is not unwise. John Milton.

    This the Greeks say, this the barbarians; the wise and the unwise. John Tillotson.

    When kings grow stubborn, slothful, or unwise,
    Each private man for publick good should rise. Dryden.

    When the balance of power is duly fixt in a state, nothing is more dangerous or unwise, than to give way to the first steps of popular encroachments. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Unwise

    Foolishness is the unawareness or lack of social norms which causes offence, annoyance, trouble and/or injury. The things such as impulsivity and/or influences may affect a person's ability to make otherwise reasonable decisions. In this sense, it differs from stupidity, which is the lack of intelligence. An act of foolishness is called folly.


  1. unwise

    Unwise refers to showing poor judgment or making poor decisions; lacking wisdom or common sense. It denotes behaving or acting in a way that is not sensible, prudent, or beneficial.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unwiseadjective

    not wise; defective in wisdom; injudicious; indiscreet; foolish; as, an unwise man; unwise kings; unwise measures

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unwise

    un-wīz′, adj. not wise: injudicious: foolish.—n. Unwis′dom, want of wisdom: ignorance: foolishness.—adv. Unwise′ly, not wisely or prudently.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unwise in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unwise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of unwise in a Sentence

  1. Carrie Lam:

    This has proven to be very unwise given the circumstances, and this huge degree of fear and anxiety amongst people of Hong Kong vis-à-vis the mainland of China, which we were not sensitive enough to feel and grasp.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    So eager to be the history-makers, they failed to be the peacemakers, rushing away from danger can be every bit as unwise as rushing into danger, and the costs have been grievous. Bush, a former two-term governor of Florida, vowed to be.

  3. Chairwoman Melody Potter:

    The actions of Derrick Evan were unwise and unbecoming of an elected official.

  4. Christen Kuikoua:

    It is unwise to be too wise, yet not wise to be unwise

  5. White House spokesman Josh Earnest:

    It would be strategically unwise for us to discuss potential sanctions targets because that would only give the potential targets of sanctions the opportunity to take steps that would allow them to evade those sanctions.

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