not wary; not cautious or watchful, as against danger or misfortune.
- un·war·i·ly, adverb
- un·war·i·ness, noun
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How to use unwary in a sentence
Along the murky bottom of the Amazon River, serpentine fish called electric eels scour the gloom for unwary frogs or other small prey.Electric Fish Genomes Reveal How Evolution Repeats Itself | Joanna Thompson | August 22, 2022 | Quanta Magazine
Ravenloft was a gothic horror plane that trapped the unwary residents of other worlds, forcing them to reside in lands governed by the wicked Darklords, who were just as much a prisoner as their captives.
During these encounters, bigger, more dominant grizzlies sometimes kill younger bears (and unwary humans).
Some to protect the unwary reader, and some to protect the author.
What if we had abandoned the charade, and revealed ourselves to our unwary allies?The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks | Max Brooks | January 14, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rather striking is the tendency of old squamous cells to retain the red stain, and fragments of such cells may mislead the unwary.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
At the upper part of the runway he had built a few steps, wherewith to lure the unwary far enough down to insure a fatal descent.The Staircase At The Hearts Delight | Anna Katharine Green (Mrs. Charles Rohlfs)
You may laugh if you like, but you should remember how ready he is to slip away with the unwary souls of people who laugh at him.Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays | Various
The future is quite enough hampered with the past, without setting anticipatory traps and springes for unwary feet.The Daughters of Danaus | Mona Caird
But woe to the unwary traveller who trusts himself in this dormitory!
British Dictionary definitions for unwary
lacking caution or prudence; not vigilant or careful
- unwarily, adverb
- unwariness, noun
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