Definition of unwary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈwɛːri/


Not cautious of possible dangers or problems: accidents can happen to the unwary traveller (as plural noun the unwary) hidden traps for the unwary
More example sentences
  • The exposed live wires pose a great danger to unwary people, especially children who could touch these wires while playing.
  • Unfortunately, there is also a danger to unwary bystanders.
  • This whole process can be done invisibly to the user, so for the unwary, the dangers of transmitting it to others is very real.
incautious, careless, thoughtless, unthinking, heedless, inattentive, unwatchful, unobservant, off-guard, off one's guard, absent-minded
informal napping
British informal dozy



Pronunciation: /ʌnˈwɛːrɪli/
Example sentences
  • So there is no ‘great conflict’ between religion and science with respect to psychology; this ‘conflict’ is a fiction invented by scientists unwarily wandering into the domain of philosophy.
  • The belief that one can find happiness only in a relationship is responsible for the undue haste with which people unwarily enter unsuitable relationships, and the cause of a great deal of later unhappiness.
  • His intention was to mock the High Anglican position by carrying it to extremes, but several eminent high churchmen, unwarily or perhaps with a sense of humour, gave it their endorsement.


Pronunciation: /ʌnˈwɛːrɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • To allege unwariness or bewilderment in order to explain an act of love is hypocrisy, weakness and stupidity.
  • These informants were then backed up by more than one hundred fully-equipped soldiers with tanks and helicopters - a grotesque use of force given the defenselessness and unwariness of their targets.
  • When a bad custom is begun by bad men sometimes men of better characters are, through unwariness, drawn in to follow them.

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