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From un- +‎ wary. Compare Old English unwær (unaware, unwary) and unwærlīċ (unwary, heedless).

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unwary (comparative unwarier, superlative unwariest)

  1. Lacking caution as a result of naïveté or inexperience
  2. Unprepared; not watchful

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1885, W[illiam] S[chwenck] Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan, composer, [] The Mikado; or, The Town of Titipu, London: Chappel & Co., [], →OCLC:
Three little maids who, all unwary,
Come from a ladies' seminary

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