Meaning of “wisdom” in the English Dictionary

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"wisdom" in British English

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wisdomnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈwɪz.dəm/ us /ˈwɪz.dəm/

B2 the ability to use your knowledge and experience to make good decisions and judgments:

I certainly hope to gain a little wisdom as I grow older.
He hosts 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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  • I was rather quiet as I didn't feel I had much wisdom to impart on the subject.
  • I questioned the wisdom of taking so many pills.
  • According to received wisdom, exposure to low level radioactivity is harmless.
  • I feel that I have benefited greatly from her wisdom.
  • What other astonishing nuggets of wisdom do you have for us?

(Definition of “wisdom” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wisdom" in American English

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wisdomnoun [ U ]

us /ˈwɪz·dəm/

the ability to make good judgments based on what you have learned from your experience, or the knowledge and understanding that gives you this ability

Wisdom also means the quality of being a good judgment:

I question the wisdom of separating a child from his brothers and sisters whatever the circumstances.

(Definition of “wisdom” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)