from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character of being unwary; want of caution; carelessness; heedlessness; recklessness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being unwary; carelessness; heedlessness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The property of being unwary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the trait of not being cautious and watchful


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word unwariness.


  • This unwariness makes the egg-switching a little easier.

    The Song of The Dodo David Quammen 2004

  • This unwariness makes the egg-switching a little easier.

    The Song of The Dodo David Quammen 2004

  • Astonished that he had not noticed this before, and shocked at the unwariness by which he might have betrayed her into so dangerous a situation, he became at once reconciled to the idea of leaving her in a convent.

    The Romance of the Forest 2004

  • This, as I had learnt many years previously from a colleague who'd just had a bullet extracted from the lobe of his left lung because of this very unwariness, was a very unwise thing to do.

    When Eight Bells Toll MacLean, Alistair, 1922-1987 1966

  • Peacock -- Peril through pride, ambition or unwariness.

    The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing A Manual of Ready Reference Joseph Triemens

  • Although I was almost the only one exposed to vexations of this kind, partly because I felt them most keenly, and partly because they succeeded best with me on account of my extreme unwariness, there were other annoyances which all, without exception, had to put up with.

    The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 09 Friedrich Hebbel and Otto Ludwig Various

  • Toorkisth [= a] n; for about twelve miles we traversed a dry low grass jungle of about a foot in height, tenanted by a species of wild goat, several of which we disturbed on our passage through their haunts, but not being prepared for any sport, I did not take advantage of their unwariness.

    A Peep into Toorkisthhan Rollo Gillespie Burslem

  • The first sign of unwariness would begin and end the battle.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand 1918

  • The only criticism it seems possible to suggest on Scheer's tactics is the unwariness of his pursuit, which might so easily have led to the total destruction of the German fleet.

    A History of Sea Power William Oliver Stevens 1916

  • His sudden and astounding change from total unwariness to a fighting youth with every sense on the alert was something for which they were unprepared.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit How to Win Burt L. Standish 1905


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.