Unwise definition

ŭn-wīz
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Having or showing a lack of wisdom or sound judgment; foolish; imprudent.
adjective
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Lacking or exhibiting a lack of wisdom; foolish or imprudent.

An unwise decision.

adjective
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3
Not wise; defective in wisdom; injudicious; indiscreet; foolish.

Unwise man; unwise kings; unwise measures.

adjective
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
unwise
Comparative:
unwiser
Superlative:
unwisest

Origin of unwise

  • From Middle English unwis, from Old English unwÄ«s (“unwise, foolish, ignorant, uninformed, insane"), equivalent to un- +"Ž wise. Cognate with Dutch onwijs (“unwise"), German unweise (“unwise"), Danish uvis (“unwise"), Swedish ovis (“unwise"), Icelandic óvís (“unwise").

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