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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj unwise not appropriate to the purpose
    • adj unwise showing or resulting from lack of judgment or wisdom "an unwise investor is soon impoverished"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Unwise Not wise; defective in wisdom; injudicious; indiscreet; foolish; as, an unwise man; unwise kings; unwise measures.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unwise Not wise; Lacking wisdom or judgment; foolish; indiscreet: as, an unwise man; unwise kings.
    • unwise Not dictated by wisdom; not adapted to the desired end; injudicious; imprudent: as, unwise measures; unwise delay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unwise un-wīz′ not wise: injudicious: foolish
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  • James Russell Lowell
    “Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise ;in statesmanship.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”
  • Andrew Young
    “Look at those they call unfortunate and at a closer view, you'll find many of them are unwise.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. unwīs,. See Un- not, and Wise (a.)


In literature:

One should not unwisely wear out his strength.
"Quiet Talks on Service" by S. D. Gordon
They ought to rid their minds of prejudice and thus free themselves from unwise tradition and useless conventionality.
"Analyzing Character" by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
It may make him honorable and respectable to other unwise persons.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 5" by Various
And whatever may be said against this policy, I cannot feel convinced that it was unwise.
"The Problem of China" by Bertrand Russell
They may have been unwise and vain enough to have been pleased and tickled by the flattery of a fool.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
Unwise and unjust measures of that monarch drove the inhabitants into rebellion.
"The Life of Hugo Grotius" by Charles Butler
It was unwise to provoke a disagreement which was sure to irritate the King.
"The Liberation of Italy" by Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
Unless our sense is weakened by long time, Thou speakest not unwisely.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
It is unwise and unjust to himself.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
The fair fabric which was the type of materialism has fallen, and it would be most unwise to seek its reconstruction.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I., No. IV., April, 1862" by Various
And this is painful, to be unwise with the unwise.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
Well, now, if Alwyn should act unwisely and offend the South, somebody else stands in line for the appointment.
"The Quest of the Silver Fleece" by W. E. B. Du Bois
Happiness and misery pay their court to both the wise and unwise.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
We do not say that all who save their own seed act unwisely, for some are most expert in the business.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
His play was nearer at his heart than he had thought; the enthusiasm which seemed to be greeting it had stirred him unwisely.
"The Summons" by A.E.W. Mason
As to Mazzini, he is a noble man and an unwise man.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
She has apparently, until she came to us, eaten and drunk very unwisely.
"The Healthy Life, Vol. V, Nos. 24-28" by Various
This tragedy and others like it are more often, I believe, due to unwise choice of profession in the first place.
"The Untroubled Mind" by Herbert J. Hall
It sometimes might lead them to pursue unwise ends, but never to choose unwise means.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Vol. V (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland III" by Various

In poetry:

Many pursue the track of David close,
When to adultery he plung'd unwise:
But I can't find a single soul of those,
Who in his penitence with David vies.
"The Pastor's Complaint" by Rees Prichard
They call us godless—ay! we hold not holy
The golden God, for whom they lick the dust;
Fools and unwise! what hope is left the lowly,
Save the dear God whose love they know and trust.
"An Apology" by Edwin Arnold
I’m going to be a lad again
And call my love a lass!
(April, April, am I so unwise ?)
My heart is boyish glad again —
I wait for her to pass
Across our little lawn beneath the sunny, rainy skies.
"Every Spring" by John Joy Bell
Let none be so stupid, so dull, and unwise,
As to turn from their Saviour and guide to the skies,
None from death can escape, or to heaven ascend,
Not a man can be sav'd, unless Christ be his friend.
"Another Piece Of Advice To Sinners To Come To Christ" by Rees Prichard
Now heavily laden, she thought it was meet,
Like commanders and thieves, to secure a retreat
Not the road which she enter'd; she thought that unwise;
Because her small bulk had increas'd double size.
"The Birth-Day" by William Hutton
Not eager, yet, the blade to bare
Before the Father-country's eyes,--
--E'en if a parent's rights, unwise,
With that bold Son he grudged to share,
In manhood strong beyond the sea,
And ripe to wed with Liberty!
"Mount Vernon" by Francis Turner Palgrave

In news:

Unwise health cuts will hurt women, children.
Santorum's Unwise War on Higher Education.
The Unwise War Against Chocolate Milk.
Clinton's Unwise Trip to North Korea.
Unwise travel during a winter storm could hit drivers' pocketbooks in Meeker County.
Malpractice Reform Is Unworkable and Unwise.
Every new head coach wants to hire "his" people and it would be unwise for any athletic director to order a new coach to retain certain assistants.
County unwise to gamble on borrowed money.
Use the Money Unwisely and 'We Will Call It Out'.
L.A.'s unwise war on shopping carts.
Last year Perry said it was unwise to tap the fund.
NBC would be unwise to say goodbye to Zachary Levi as "Chuck".
Mets unwise not to trade Reyes.
Going without sun protection is plain unwise.
In some places, recess unwisely is being eliminated.

In science:

A better name might be “directed ordered graphs,” but unfortunately the literature on this topic has long ago settled on the older name and it seems unwise to try and change it now.
Random graph models for directed acyclic networks
But what criteria should we use for deciding which special cases to require? It would seem unwise to make a choice based on any one particular application such invertible programming.
Multi-Level Languages are Generalized Arrows
Both of these are highly significant, lending support to the position that it is unwise to simply perform a logistic regression ignoring network structure.
Exponential-family Random Network Models
Without any further reason (as the inclusion of the nine geometries provides) it would seem unwise to modify the time-honoured form these equations have in the three familiar constant curvature spaces; however this modification is an essential step to make the equations meaningful for the nine cases.
Trigonometry of spacetimes: a new self-dual approach to a curvature/signature (in)dependent trigonometry
The example may show that it would be unwise to set the zero-point of the distance scale on a single Cepheid distance because of the period dependence of the latter.
Cepheid Distances to SNe Ia Host Galaxies based on a Revised Photometric Zero-Point of the HST-WFPC2 and New P-L Relations and Metallicity Corrections
Lorentz and Poincaré so they could be maintained, but it would have been extremely unwise to suggest at the time that Maxwell’s theory of electromagnetism was in error - the theory had become so revered.
Some Comments on the Tests of General Relativity
It should be noted that while this definition of information can be used, it is unwise to do so as there are ambiguities that can be confusing.
An Algorithmic Information Theory Critique of Statistical Arguments for Intelligent Design
It would therefore be unwise not to attempt to solve QCD to the best of our ability, the better to prepare ourselves for both the largest possible discovery reach and the highest attainable subsequent precision.
QCD for Collider Physics
Action by the ITU-R at this time would seem unwise based on the potential widespread impacts of their decision and the lack of documentation supporting the need for a change.
The Colloquium on Decoupling Civil Timekeeping from Earth Rotation
It would therefore be unwise not to attempt to solve QCD to the best of our ability, the better to prepare ourselves for both the largest possible discovery reach and the highest attainable subsequent precision.
Introduction to QCD
The performance of these tests will deteriorate if final readings are taken before around 83 hours so to be confident of good results, it would probably be unwise to reduce the RT-QuIC time from a 90 hour total.
Optimal diagnostic tests for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease based on support vector machine classification of RT-QuIC data
Given the magnitude of the problems concerning 3He, it would seem unwise to make any strong conclusion regarding big bang nucleosynthesis which is based on 3He.
Why Do We Need Non-Baryonic Dark Matter?
Given the magnitude of the problems concerning 3He, it would seem unwise to make any strong conclusion regarding big bang nucleosynthesis which is based on 3He.
Primordial Nucleosynthesis
Its shortcomings for the purposes of web evaluation have been often stated; particularly, as thousands of pages can be relevant to a query, it might be unwise to assign an equal weight to all returned results.
Predicting User Preferences
We may unwisely dismiss some interesting and potentially important ideas in particle physics if we take cosmological constraints as completely rigorous.
Discrete quark-lepton symmetry need not pose a cosmological domain wall problem