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Wise vs. Wary

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Wise

Having the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; sagacious
A wise leader.
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Wary

On guard; watchful
Taught to be wary of strangers.
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Wise

Exhibiting common sense; prudent
A wise decision.
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Wary

Characterized by caution
A wary glance at the black clouds.
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Wise

Shrewd; crafty
Made a wise move selling the house when he did.
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Wary

Cautious of danger; carefully watching and guarding against deception, trickery, and dangers; suspiciously prudent
He is wary of dogs.
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Wise

Provided with information; informed. Often used with to
I'm wise to your tricks. We were none the wiser after reading the report.
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Wary

Characterized by caution; guarded; careful; on one's guard
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Wise

(Slang) Rude and disrespectful; impudent.
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Wary

Thrifty, provident
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Wise

Method or manner of doing; way
In no wise.
In any wise.
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Wary

Cautious of danger; carefully watching and guarding against deception, artifices, and dangers; timorously or suspiciously prudent; circumspect; scrupulous; careful.
We should be wary, therefore, what persecution we raise against the living labors of public men.
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Wise

Showing good judgement or the benefit of experience.
Storing extra food for the winter was a wise decision.
They were considered the wise old men of the administration.
"It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish" - Aeschylus
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Wary

Characterized by caution; guarded; careful.
It behoveth our words to be wary and few.
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Wise

Disrespectful.
Don't get wise with me!
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Wary

Marked by keen caution and watchful prudence;
They were wary in their movements
A wary glance at the black clouds
Taught to be wary of strangers
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Wise

(colloquial) Aware, informed.
Be careful: the boss is wise to your plan to call out sick.
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Wary

Openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
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Wise

To become wise.
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Wise

Usually with "up", to inform or learn.
Mo wised him up about his situation.
After Mo had a word with him, he wised up.
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Wise

(dialectal) To instruct.
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Wise

(dialectal) To advise; induce.
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Wise

(dialectal) To show the way, guide.
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Wise

(dialectal) To direct the course of, pilot.
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Wise

(dialectal) To cause to turn.
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Wise

(archaic) Way, manner, or method.
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Wise

Having knowledge; knowing; enlightened; of extensive information; erudite; learned.
They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
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Wise

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.
When clouds appear, wise men put their cloaks.
From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation.
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Wise

Versed in art or science; skillful; dexterous; specifically, skilled in divination.
Fal. There was, mine host, an old fat woman even now with me; but she's gone.Sim. Pray you, sir, was't not the wise woman of Brentford?
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Wise

Hence, prudent; calculating; shrewd; wary; subtle; crafty.
Nor, on the other side,Will I be penuriously wiseAs to make money, that's my slave, my idol.
Lords do not care for me:I am too wise to die yet.
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Wise

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.
A very grave, state bachelor, my dainty one;He's wise in years, and of a temperate warmth.
You are too wise in years, too full of counsel,For my green experience.
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Wise

Way of being or acting; manner; mode; fashion.
To love her in my beste wyse.
This song she sings in most commanding wise.
Let not these blessings then, sent from above,Abused be, or spilt in profane wise.
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Wise

A way of doing or being;
In no wise
In this wise
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Wise

United States Jewish leader (born in Hungary) (1874-1949)
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Wise

United States religious leader (born in Bohemia) who united reform Jewish organizations in the United States (1819-1900)
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Wise

Having or prompted by wisdom or discernment;
A wise leader
A wise and perceptive comment
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Wise

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
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Wise

Evidencing the possession of inside information
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Wise

Able to take a broad view of negotiations between states
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Wise

Carefully considered;
A considered opinion
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