Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lacking or exhibiting a lack of wisdom; foolish or imprudent: an unwise decision.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not wise; defective in wisdom; injudicious; indiscreet; foolish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not wise; defective in wisdom; injudicious; indiscreet; foolish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not wise; Lacking wisdom or judgment; foolish; indiscreet: as, an unwise man; unwise kings.
  • Not dictated by wisdom; not adapted to the desired end; injudicious; imprudent: as, unwise measures; unwise delay.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not appropriate to the purpose
  • adj. showing or resulting from lack of judgment or wisdom

Etymologies

From Middle English unwis, from Old English unwīs ("unwise, foolish, ignorant, uninformed, insane"), equivalent to un- +‎ wise. Cognate with Dutch onwijs ("unwise"), German unweise ("unwise"), Danish uvis ("unwise"), Swedish ovis ("unwise"), Icelandic óvís ("unwise"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Vladimir Romanov, the owner of Hearts, has launched another colourful attack on the Scottish football establishment as he responded to what he called the "unwise" Scottish Premier League ruling on his club's failure to pay players on time.

    Vladimir Romanov blasts 'monkeys' in charge of Scottish football

  • The Republicans say that the Democrats are closer than theyll admit to corporate interests and were too quick to go along with what they called an unwise and unjust war.

    40 More Years

  • BOLDUAN: Also in the hearing, Robert Nabors, the deputy director of OMB, he seemed to indirectly criticize states for making what he called unwise choices to simply use stimulus money to balance their budgets, Kiran.

    CNN Transcript Jul 9, 2009

  • BOLDUAN: Also in the hearing, Robert Nabors seemed to criticize states for making what he called unwise choices to simply use money to balance the budgets.

    CNN Transcript Jul 8, 2009

  • BOLDUAN: Also in that hearing, Robert Nabors, the president's deputy director of OMB, he seemed to criticize states for making what he called unwise choices to simply use stimulus money to balance their budgets.

    CNN Transcript Jul 9, 2009

  • BOLDUAN: Now, also in that hearing, Rob Nabors, the White House's deputy budget director, he seemed to criticize states for making what he called unwise choices to simply use stimulus money to balance their budgets.

    CNN Transcript Jul 11, 2009

  • The Iranian government said it would respond to what it called unwise measures.

    CNN Transcript Jan 19, 2005

  • Patriotic ordinary Americans can be employed in unwise or unjust causes.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Washington Post Editorializes in Praise of Harold Koh’s Drone Statement

  • From this time on little groups felt in unwise to wander about unprotected so they gathered up into tribes built a bloody great ditch and snuggled down behind it to enjoy the unalloyed pleasure of keeping all their stuff ..

    Archive 2007-08-19

  • It seems unlikely (and perhaps in the long term unwise) to act as if such conflict is "regional" rather than national.

    Iraq On the Brink

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