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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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  • Perhaps I was imprudent, but your conduct has saved me from my own reproaches, and I fear no other.

  • It was this imprudent candour which lowered him most in his guardian's estimation.

  • I have been imprudent; I confess it; I have spoken somewhat loosely.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • The mischief which may result from your imprudent conduct is incalculable.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • But all men have their imprudent days; the best way is to forget them.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • All men have their imprudent day; why should not Beckendorff?

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • No one can say that any imprudent expressions have escaped her.

    The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
  • And people imagined that he would be as imprudent as his father!

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • And he was the imprudent one, and the others were the sensible, the wise.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for imprudent


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

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