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adjective, un·war·i·er, un·war·i·est.
  1. not wary; not cautious or watchful, as against danger or misfortune.
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Origin of unwary

First recorded in 1570–80; un-1 + wary
Related formsun·war·i·ly, adverbun·war·i·ness, noun


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Historical Examples

  • Unwarily the scholar continued: "Because, in that case, I should not like to interfere."

    What Will He Do With It, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • She unwarily enlarged to him one day upon her disappointment in Florence.

  • Thereupon, Franklin tells us, the Commissioners "did frankly but unwarily give the Orders."

  • Then, as I had so often done before, I unwarily gave him an opportunity to enlarge on his theme, to my disadvantage.

  • One beautiful young horse lost its life just before my arrival, unwarily approaching a precipitous incline.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

British Dictionary definitions for unwarily


  1. lacking caution or prudence; not vigilant or careful
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Derived Formsunwarily, adverbunwariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unwarily



1570s, from un- (1) "not" + wary.

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