Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not alert to danger or deception.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lacking caution as a result of naïveté or inexperience
  • adj. Unprepared; not watchful

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not vigilant against danger; not wary or cautious; unguarded; precipitate; heedless; careless.
  • adj. Unexpected; unforeseen; unware.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not wary; not vigilant against danger; not cautious; unguarded; precipitate; heedless; careless.
  • Unexpected.

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

  • adj. not alert to danger or deception

Etymologies

From un- +‎ wary. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Another trap for the unwary is the preparation of the land.

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  • As the unwary are allured by the "well-favored harlot's" looks, so Israel,

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  • "That was their last word on it, so these letters just look like a sort of trap for the unwary, which is not fair," said Ofer Lion, a lawyer who has written about the issue.

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  • The most dangerous trap for the unwary is the regulation on self-dealing - a legal principle that prevents I.R.A. owners from making investments that benefit themselves or certain family members, even indirectly.

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  • "Should he return to me," she thought in those paroxysms of delusion, "I would to _him_ unbosom all my guilt; and as a remote, a kind of unwary accomplice in my crime, his sense, his arguments, ever ready in making light of my sins, might afford a respite to my troubled conscience."

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  • Still, no one knows what free will come to mean in forty years, when speakers of languages other than English may free this very old word from its current hell of being used predominantly to describe goods and services to be had or so hope the naïve and unwary at no cost.

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  • And the shafts await feet heavier than a rabbit to swallow the unwary whole.

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  • And even that most notorious technique of postmodernism, self-reflexivity, is really as much a way of poking fun at the pretentions of fiction writers, their claims to adequately represent the world of experience in a direct and unmediated way, as it is to frustrate the expectations of unwary readers.

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  • Textbooks rewritten in Texas of all places so the story can be set for the optimal effects of revisions to confuse the unwary who believe.

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  • On a calm sunny day, out of nowhere, it can wreak destruction upon the unwary, demasting their ships in a thought to be safe harbor and heeling them over to sink into a watery grave.

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