- not wary; not cautious or watchful, as against danger or misfortune.
Origin of unwary
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incautious, indiscreet, rash, heedless.
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Examples from the Web for unwary
During these encounters, bigger, more dominant grizzlies sometimes kill younger bears (and unwary humans).What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
Some to protect the unwary reader, and some to protect the author.Hatchet Job of the Year 2014 Shortlist Announced
January 19, 2014
What if we had abandoned the charade, and revealed ourselves to our unwary allies?The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks
January 14, 2011
Here, they are brazenly advertised as "afternoon teas" to lure the unwary.Government by the Brewers?
Here also the unwary stranger might have fumbled for a spare coin.In the Heart of Vosges
You have deceived the ignorant, betrayed the unwary, lied to the simple, and robbed the poor.The Manxman
You are waiting in your lairs, ready to pounce on the unwary hunter.The Hunters
I was not long in becoming an efficient in the arts these men practiced on the unwary.An Outcast
F. Colburn Adams
- lacking caution or prudence; not vigilant or careful
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Word Origin and History for unwary
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