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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wisely, sagelyadverb

    in a wise manner

    "she acted wisely when she invited her parents"


  1. wiselyadverb

    In a wise manner; using good judgement.

    She wisely decided to re-check her homework before submitting it.

  2. Etymology: From wisliche, wislike, from wislice, equvalent to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wiselyadverb

    Judiciously; prudently.

    Etymology: from wise.

    If thou covet death, as utmost end
    Of misery; so thinking to evade
    The penalty pronounc’d; doubt not God
    Hath wiselier arm’d his vengeful ire. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    He sits like discontented Damocles,
    When by the sportive tyrant wisely shown.
    The dangerous pleasure of a flatter’d throne. Dryden.

    Admitting their principles to be true, they act wisely: they keep their end, evil as it is, steadily in view. John Rogers.

    The doctors, tender of their fame,
    Wisely on me lay all the blame:
    We must confess his case was nice,
    But he wou’d never take advice. Jonathan Swift.


  1. wisely

    The Wisely Series is a series of Chinese adventure-science fiction novels written by the Hong Kong novelist Ni Kuang. The protagonist of the series is Wisely (sometimes also spelt "Wesley"). In total, there are 161 stories about Wisely recorded in 156 novels. Of these, only 150 stories in 145 novels are written by Ni Kuang; the remaining ones are written by other writers with Ni Kuang's permission. Some of these stories have been adapted into media, such as the films The Legend of Wisely (1987), The Cat (1992) and The Wesley's Mysterious File (2002), and the television series The New Adventures of Wisely (1998) and The 'W' Files (2004).


  1. wisely

    Acting or making decisions in a manner that shows good judgement, knowledge, understanding, and experience, often considering potential consequences, risks, and benefits.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wiselyadverb

    in a wise manner; prudently; judiciously; discreetly; with wisdom

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wisely is ranked #25771 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Wisely surname appeared 956 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Wisely.

    91.3% or 873 total occurrences were White.
    3.6% or 35 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 17 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 12 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.1% or 11 total occurrences were Black.
    0.8% or 8 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wisely in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wisely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of wisely in a Sentence

  1. Aurora Berill:

    Use your freedom wisely and choose your path in life by making the right choices.

  2. Donald Trump:

    Puerto Rico has been taken care of better by Donald Trump than by any living human being, they don't know how to spend the money and they're not spending it wisely.

  3. Benjamin Franklin, In response to the situation of the colonists:

    Passion governs, and she never governs wisely.

  4. Taro Kono:

    In my portfolio, I can ask them if the money is spent wisely and that's what I have been doing and the nuclear fuel cycle is no exception.

  5. Nancy Pelosi:

    The committee will be empowered to examine all aspects of the federal response to coronavirus, and to assure that the taxpayers dollars are being wisely and efficiently spent to save lives, deliver relief and benefit our economy.

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