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[im-prood-nt] /ɪmˈprud nt/
not prudent; lacking discretion; incautious; rash.
Origin of imprudent
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin imprūdent- (stem of imprūdēns) unforeseeing, rash. See im-2, prudent
Related forms
imprudence, imprudentness, imprudency, noun
imprudently, adverb
Can be confused
imprudent, impudent.
unwise, indiscreet, ill-advised. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for imprudence
Historical Examples
  • Once the ordeal is over, we shall be at ease as to the consequences of our imprudence.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • In a gruff, rude voice, he chided him for his imprudence, and told him to go in.

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • I wish that I could suffer alone for my self-will and imprudence.

    The Rambles of a Rat

    A. L. O. E.
  • I am not the man to reproach anyone on the score of imprudence.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • But it was in vain that he argued, pleaded, raged, finally—imprudence of imprudence!

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter
  • Then if you suppose that he does, how can you have the imprudence to find fault with her before him?

    A Simple Story Mrs. Inchbald
  • You do not strengthen your case by reminding me of that imprudence.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
  • I knew that I committed an imprudence, but for the life of me I could not withstand the temptation.

    Simon Dale

    Anthony Hope
  • Inwardly I cursed my imprudence, and loaded myself with reproaches.

  • Just at this moment, Robert was well nigh the victim of his own imprudence.

British Dictionary definitions for imprudence


not prudent; rash, heedless, or indiscreet
Derived Forms
imprudence, noun
imprudently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for imprudence

early 15c., "quality of rashness or heedlessness; imprudent act," from Latin imprudentia "lack of foresight, inconsiderateness, ignorance, inadvertence," noun of quality from imprudens (see imprudent).



late 14c., from Latin imprudentem (nominative imprudens) "not foreseeing, unaware, inconsiderate, heedless," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + prudens, contraction of providens, present participle of providere "to provide," literally "to see before (one)" (see provide). Related: Imprudently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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