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wisdom

noun [U] uk   /ˈwɪz.dəm/ us  
B2 the ability to use your knowledge and experience to make good decisions and judgments: One certainly hopes to gain a little wisdom as one grows older. He's got a weekly radio programme in which he dispenses wisdom (= gives his opinions) on a variety of subjects. I tend to doubt the wisdom of separating a child from its family whatever the circumstances. Did we ever stop to question the wisdom of going to war? Before I went off to university my father gave me a few words of wisdom. Conventional/Received/Popular wisdom has it (= most people think) that women are more emotional than men, but in my experience it often isn't the case.
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in Korean 지혜…
in Arabic حِكْمة…
in Portuguese sabedoria, bom senso, sensatez…
in Catalan saviesa, seny…
in Japanese 知恵, 賢さ…
in Italian saggezza…
in Chinese (Traditional) 智慧, 明智…
in Russian мудрость…
in Turkish akıl, akıllılık…
in Chinese (Simplified) 智慧, 明智…
in Polish mądrość…
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