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Definitions of wise

  1. carefully considered; " a considered opinion"
  2. able to take a broad view of negotiations between states
  3. United States religious leader ( born in Bohemia) who united reform Jewish organizations in the United States ( 1819- 1900)
  4. marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters; " judicious use of one's money"; " a sensible manager"; " a wise decision"
  5. evidencing the possession of inside information
  6. a way of doing or being; " in no wise"; " in this wise"
  7. United States Jewish leader ( born in Hungary) ( 1874- 1949)
  8. having or prompted by wisdom or discernment; " a wise leader"; " a wise and perceptive comment"
  9. Having knowledge; knowing; enlightened; of extensive information; erudite; learned.
  10. Hence, especially, making due use of knowledge; discerning and judging soundly concerning what is true or false, proper or improper; choosing the best ends and the best means for accomplishing them; sagacious.
  11. Versed in art or science; skillful; dexterous; specifically, skilled in divination.
  12. Hence, prudent; calculating; shrewd; wary; subtle; crafty.
  13. Dictated or guided by wisdom; containing or exhibiting wisdom; well adapted to produce good effects; judicious; discreet; as, a wise saying; a wise scheme or plan; wise conduct or management; a wise determination.
  14. Way of being or acting; manner; mode; fashion.
  15. Judging correctly from experience; having ability to decide rightly what is best to say or do; discreet; skilful; learned; based on good judgment.
  16. A way of acting or being; fashion; manner; as, in any wise, etc.
  17. Wisely.
  18. Having wit or knowledge: able to make use of knowledge well: judging rightly: discreet: learned: skillful: dictated by wisdom: containing wisdom.
  19. Way, manner.
  20. Judging rightly: using knowledge well; learned; containing wisdom.
  21. Possessed of wisdom; sagacious; prudent; sensible; shrewd; erudite; sage.
  22. Way or manner; used as a termination; as, nowise, likewise; often confused with - way, - ways.
  23. Having the power of discerning and judging correctly, or of practically discriminating between what is worthy and unworthy, right and wrong, proper and what is improper, specially in moral conduct; discreet and judicious in the use or application of knowledge; skilful; learned; knowing; skilled in arts, science, or philosophy; dictated by wisdom; judicious; well adapted to produce good effects; becoming a wise man; grave; discreet; in Scripture, godly; pious; ironically, skilled in magic or divination.
  24. Manner; way of being or acting.
  25. Well adapted to produce good effects; discreet; judging rightly.
  26. Manner; way of being or acting; only used in compound words, or in such antiquated or colloquial phrases as- in no wise, in no way; in any wise, in any way; on this wise, on this manner, & c.
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Usage examples for wise

  1. " Show that you are a great and wise chief," said Mary. – White Queen of the Cannibals: The Story of Mary Slessor by A. J. Bueltmann
  2. I think that people in politics should remain as they are born,- unless they are very wise indeed. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  3. I guess I was wise added Toye, as though he was thinking of something else. – The Thousandth Woman by Ernest W. Hornung
  4. " Of course, if he is your husband, we shall love him," said the less wise Lady Fawn. – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  5. This being so, is it really wise to let him be poor? – Bernard Shaw's Preface to Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw
  6. And where you cannot see, it is rather wise not to give opinion. – Opportunities by Susan Warner
  7. At that wise Fionn put his hand before his eyes, seeing all that happened. – Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens
  8. It seemed to him better that he should wait until his wise mother had talked the matter over with the Elder. – The Eye of Dread by Payne Erskine
  9. But he's wise to what Carlsen's playin' at. – A Man to His Mate by J. Allan Dunn
  10. Or, How much worse is a wise woman than a fool? – An Essay Upon Projects by Daniel Defoe
  11. " What a wise little head it is! – Winding Paths by Gertrude Page
  12. I am not very wise – The Thing from the Lake by Eleanor M. Ingram
  13. If so, listen and be wise – Pulpit and Press by Mary Baker Eddy
  14. But there was a wise woman- Betsy Lavacombe her name was, I mind well, but what use to tell you that? – The Drummer's Coat by J. W. Fortescue
  15. Once she could and would have done so, but she did not feel it wise or possible then. – The Measure of a Man by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  16. To begin with, Queen Humeeda was a wise woman, and she saw that it was not good for the little lad to be always at play. – The Adventures of Akbar by Flora Annie Steel
  17. He gave me a wise little smile when I put the money down on Sharkey. – The Old Die Rich by Horace Leonard Gold
  18. That is the only wise word I have heard you say, Captain Batsby. – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  19. But when Dirk told him of his affair, he shook his wise young head. – Lysbeth A Tale Of The Dutch by H. Rider Haggard
  20. If your proofs you are an officer are no stronger than those you offer that you are a gentleman, he said, perhaps you are wise not to show them. – Captain Macklin by Richard Harding Davis
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