What is another word for unwary?

Pronunciation: [ʌnwˈe͡əɹi] (IPA)

Unwary is an adjective used to describe someone who is not cautious or alert. Other synonyms for this word include careless, heedless, oblivious, inattentive, and unobservant. Being unwary can lead to unintended consequences and even dangerous situations, as it means that someone is not paying attention to their surroundings or potential risks. It is important to be aware of our surroundings and to approach situations with caution, especially in unfamiliar environments. Using synonyms for the word unwary can help to expand our vocabulary and improve our writing and communication skills.

What are the hypernyms for Unwary?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

What are the opposite words for unwary?

The term "unwary" means not careful or cautious, indicating a lack of awareness and vigilance. Some of the antonyms for this word are vigilant, alert, cautious, watchful, and mindful. Being vigilant means being watchful and alert, always ready to take action in case of any danger. Alertness means being aware of one's surroundings and keeping an eye out for any possible risks or threats. Cautiousness implies being careful and taking preventive measures to avoid unwanted consequences. Watchfulness refers to being observant and attentive, looking out for any suspicious activity or behavior. Mindfulness suggests being focused, present, and aware of one's actions and surroundings to achieve a positive outcome.

Usage examples for Unwary

Concluding his speech with this cautionary peroration, the footpad glided back under the shadow of the hovel; and silently placed himself in a position to pounce upon the unwary wayfarer, whose ill-luck was conducting him to the crossing of Jarret's Heath at that late hour of the night.
"The White Gauntlet"
Mayne Reid
So much is this the case that an unwary person walking too near the edge may feel the sward suddenly yield and find it necessary to scramble off before a few hundredweights of earth subside into the water.
"Wild Life in a Southern County"
Richard Jefferies
For half an hour I had been trying to think of a handy sentence with which to open the story; the kind of sentence that catches the unwary reader's attention at a glance and makes for interest.
"A Fool and His Money"
George Barr McCutcheon

Famous quotes with Unwary

  • It suits your purpose, no doubt, to delude the unwary by false colors; as the devil, when he commences innkeeper, hangs out an angel for his sign. The real meaning, however, is that you '--set down ALL in malice.' Shakspears morality, in the hands of a Reviewer, is to be read backward, like a witch's prayer.
    Joseph Ritson
  • It appears that soon after the introduction of bowling-alleys they were productive of very evil consequences; for they became not only exceedingly numerous, but were often attached to places of public resort, which rendered them the receptacles of idle and dissolute persons; and were the means of promoting a pernicious spirit of gambling among the younger and most unwary part of the community. The little room required for making these bowling-alleys was no small cause of their multiplication, particularly in great towns and cities. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries these nurseries of vice were universally decried, and especially such of them as were established within the city and suburbs of London, where the ill effects arising from them were most extensive.
    Joseph Strutt
  • If the women but have little virtue, the jealousy of their husbands is extreme, and their revenge deadly and almost certain. A few inches of cold steel have been the punishment of many an unwary man, who has been guilty, perhaps, of nothing more than indiscretion. The difficulties of the attempt [to copulate with a married woman] are numerous, and the consequences of discovery fatal, in the better classes. With the unmarried women, too, great watchfulness is used. The main object of the parents is to marry their daughters well, and to this a fair name is necessary. The sharp eyes of a duena, and the ready weapons to a father or brother, are a protection which the characters of most of them — men and women — render by no means useless; for the very men who would lay down their lives to avenge the dishonor of their own family would risk the same lives to complete the dishonor of another.
    Richard Henry Dana
  • The classifications of 'early' and 'middle-period' dialogues rest squarely on the interpretative theses concerning the progress of Plato's work, philosophically and literarily, outlined above. As such, they are an unsuitable basis for bringing anyone to the reading of these works. To use them in that way is to announce in advance the results of a certain interpretation of the dialogues and to canonize that interpretation under the guise of a presumably objective order of composition—when in fact no such order is objectively known. And it thereby risks prejudicing an unwary reader against the fresh, individual reading that these works demand. For these reasons, I urge readers not to undertake the study of Plato’s works holding in mind the customary chronological groupings of 'early', 'middle', and 'late' dialogues. It is safe to recognize only the group of six late dialogues. Even for these, it is better to relegate thoughts about chronology to the secondary position they deserve and to concentrate on the literary and philosophical content of the works, taken on their own and in relation to the others.
    Plato
  • Age cannot Love destroy, But perfidy can blast the flower, Even when in most unwary hour It blooms in Fancy’s bower. Age cannot Love destroy, But perfidy can rend the shrine In which its vermeil splendours shine.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley

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