- not prudent; lacking discretion; incautious; rash.
Origin of imprudent
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Examples from the Web for imprudence
Once the ordeal is over, we shall be at ease as to the consequences of our imprudence.Therese Raquin
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
- not prudent; rash, heedless, or indiscreet
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.