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unwise

[uhn-wahyz]
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adjective, un·wis·er, un·wis·est.
  1. not wise; foolish; imprudent; lacking in good sense or judgment: an unwise choice; an unwise man.
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Origin of unwise

before 900; Middle English; Old English unwīs. See un-1, wise1
Related formsun·wise·ly, adverbun·wise·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unwisely

unwise

adjective
  1. lacking wisdom or prudence; foolish
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Derived Formsunwisely, adverbunwiseness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unwisely

adv.

Old English unwislice; see unwise + -ly (2).

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unwise

adj.

Old English unwis, from un- (1) "not" + wise (adj.). Cf. Middle Dutch onwijs, Old High German unwis, German unweise, Old Norse uviss, Gothic unweis.

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