a) Lacking caution as a result of naïveté or inexperience
b) Unprepared; not watchful
See Also: careless

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  • Unwary — Un*wa ry, a. [Cf. {Unware}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not vigilant against danger; not wary or cautious; unguarded; precipitate; heedless; careless. [1913 Webster] 2. Unexpected; unforeseen; unware. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unwary — index careless, heedless, hot blooded, impolitic, improvident, imprudent, injudicious, lax, misadvised …   Law dictionary

  • unwary — 1570s, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) “not” + WARY (Cf. wary) …   Etymology dictionary

  • unwary — [adj] thoughtless, heedless brash, careless, credulous, hasty, ignorant, ill advised, impetuous, imprudent, incautious, inconsiderate, indiscreet, negligent, rash, reckless, unadvised, unalert, uncircumspect, unguarded, unprepared, unsuspecting,… …   New thesaurus

  • unwary — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not cautious. DERIVATIVES unwarily adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • unwary — [unwer′ē] adj. not wary; not watchful or cautious; not alert to possible danger, trickery, etc. unwarily adv. unwariness n …   English World dictionary

  • unwary — [[t]ʌnwe͟əri[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe someone as unwary, you mean that they are not cautious or experienced and are therefore likely to be harmed or deceived. [FORMAL] With its quicksands the river usually drowns a few unwary… …   English dictionary

  • unwary — un|wa|ry [ʌnˈweəri US ˈweri] adj formal 1.) not knowing about possible problems or dangers, and therefore easily harmed or deceived ▪ unwary travellers 2.) the unwary [plural] people who are unwary ▪ pitfalls that can trap the unwary …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • unwary — adjective not knowing about possible problems or dangers, and therefore easily harmed or deceived: the unwary (=people who are unwary) unwarily adverb unwariness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • unwary — adjective Date: 1579 not alert ; easily fooled or surprised ; heedless, gullible < cheats unwary tourists > • unwarily adverb • unwariness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • unwary — adj. Unwary is used with these nouns: ↑traveller …   Collocations dictionary

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