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    немудрый? не мудрый?

    Is немудрый a word? An English friend was conversing with her Lithuanian (Russian speaking) inlaws, and this came up. It could have been one word, could have been two, who knows! My friends Russian tutor later said that немудрый wasn't really possible; she suggested неразумный instead.

    This has left my friend wondering if there are adjectives which are not normally seen in their negated forms in Russian. Is this so? Would не мудрый be okay if not?

    Thanks all,

    Richard

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    It is very much a word, don't see why or how someone could say that it wouldn't be possible to use that word and I don't think there are any adjectives that can't be negated, well, I am sure there is an edge case or two but nothing really comes to mind. Perhaps неистовый and ненавистный.

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    Okay, thanks, I'll pass all that along.

    It's always possible that my friend misinterpreted what her teacher told her, maybe she can get her to clarify, as it seems a bit odd to have a non-negatable adjective

    R

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    It’s not impossibility but rather frequency.

    Google says that "неразумный" is 16 times rarer than "разумный", whereas "немудрый" is 220 times rarer than "мудрый".
    Please correct my English

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    Thanks Soft sign, that makes sense. Explains both opposing points of view.

    Richard

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