Definition of worldly-wise in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈˌwərldlē ˈwīz/


Prepared by experience for life’s difficulties; not easily shocked or deceived: Lisa was sufficiently worldly-wise to understand the situation
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  • Their recovery periods are a lot quicker and they are a lot more mature and worldly-wise.
  • It also appeals to defeatists, cynics, and worldly-wise men who are not prepared to try to change the system.
  • These guards were surely worldly-wise and shrewd, but they were clearly not educated to the same degree as the scribes and Pharisees.


worldly wisdom

Example sentences
  • Many consider worldly wisdom and godly wisdom incompatible.
  • Of course socializing is no problem here, since people are drawn to that magnetic personality, worldly wisdom, and sensitivity.
  • The youngsters coming into the IT industry have little of worldly wisdom.

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Syllabification: world·ly-wise

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