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[in-uh d-vahy-zuh-buh l] /ˌɪn ədˈvaɪ zə bəl/
not advisable; inexpedient; unwise.
Origin of inadvisable
First recorded in 1865-70; in-3 + advisable
Related forms
inadvisability, inadvisableness, noun
inadvisably, adverb
imprudent, impolitic, risky.
advisable, prudent, expedient. Unabridged
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  • Swift as were his mental processes, he felt that a longer silence was inadvisable.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • He wanted to suggest to Manager Fogg that making the change just then would be inadvisable.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • It is inadvisable to talk to small children of studying a story.

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    Charles Herbert Sylvester
  • If the position on the military crest is conspicuous, it is inadvisable.

  • Yes, but the thing is inadvisable now, for Shaw has been warned.

    Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone G. Harvey Ralphson
  • It is inadvisable to rock a child to sleep, it will go to sleep if comfortable.

    Papers on Health John Kirk
  • Of course, if you think them inadvisable, I can take them down again.

  • Then you think it would be inadvisable to propose to Miss Virginia immediately, do you?

    Hepsey Burke

    Frank Noyes Westcott
  • But the Superiors of the Community deemed it inadvisable to allow this.

    The Miraculous Medal Jean Marie Aladel
  • I hadn't the money on hand, and it was inadvisable to approach the usual sources.

    The Crime Club William Holt-White
British Dictionary definitions for inadvisable


not advisable; not recommended
unwise; imprudent
Derived Forms
inadvisability, inadvisableness, noun
inadvisably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inadvisable

1819, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + advisable.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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