not advisable; inexpedient; unwise.

Origin of inadvisable

First recorded in 1865–70; in-3 + advisable
Related formsin·ad·vis·a·bil·i·ty, in·ad·vis·a·ble·ness, nounin·ad·vis·a·bly, adverb

Synonyms for inadvisable

Antonyms for inadvisable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inadvisable

Historical Examples of inadvisable

  • Swift as were his mental processes, he felt that a longer silence was inadvisable.


    Joseph Conrad

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

  • It is inadvisable to talk to small children of studying a story.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10

    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.

British Dictionary definitions for inadvisable



not advisable; not recommended
unwise; imprudent
Derived Formsinadvisability or inadvisableness, nouninadvisably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inadvisable

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

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