Definition of unwary in English:



  • Not cautious of possible dangers or problems.

    ‘accidents can happen to the unwary traveller’
    ‘hidden traps for the unwary’
    • ‘Unfortunately, there is also a danger to unwary bystanders.’
    • ‘They'll use letters, postcards, telegrams, cars and whatever other technology is at hand to snare the unwary.’
    • ‘The most troubling aspect of the present situation is the shaking down of unwary travelers by a government perfectly aware that if a fine is contested there will be no prosecution.’
    • ‘Analysts made more money by touting stocks they knew were far overvalued than by providing accurate information to their unwary customers who depended on them.’
    • ‘With no water visible, this stretch of the canal will be a danger to the unwary walker and young children.’
    • ‘The exposed live wires pose a great danger to unwary people, especially children who could touch these wires while playing.’
    • ‘It comes as a surprise to the unwary individual taxpayer.’
    • ‘The layers of mud all along the yet-to-be asphalted roads are soft and thick enough to either send an unwary rider into a skid or to send an asthmatic to hospital.’
    • ‘But with the increased acceptance of such activity, great danger lies for the unwary.’
    • ‘Both London and Los Angeles can be dangerous places for the unwary.’
    • ‘The computer's actual owner may not even know it's infected; some Web pages are designed to infect unwary visitors.’
    • ‘In the past, cults were not viewed as national security threats; they were more dangerous to unwary individuals who might succumb to the cult's influence.’
    • ‘The unwary traveler in Beijing will, at selected stations, get that falling ‘into an abyss’ feeling as their feet hit the deck much later than expected.’
    • ‘The Forest of Dean has dangers enough for the unwary stranger, without these.’
    • ‘Somewhere down-slope there is sure to be an unwary toddler, a brittle pensioner, or at the very least an expensive automobile.’
    • ‘The addition of subsection is another dangerous trap for the unwary.’
    • ‘But as our experiences show, innocent fun can soon turn into danger for the unwary.’
    • ‘This whole process can be done invisibly to the user, so for the unwary, the dangers of transmitting it to others is very real.’
    • ‘Haphazardly installed electrical wiring is common in many small private schools and can create fires or electrocute an unwary child or teacher.’
    • ‘Amtrak food can only be adequately compared to the execrable fare that used to await unwary travellers at the highway service stations of my youth.’
    incautious, careless, thoughtless, unthinking, heedless, inattentive, unwatchful, unobservant, off-guard, off one's guard, absent-minded
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