- not prudent; lacking discretion; incautious; rash.
Origin of imprudent
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Examples from the Web for imprudent
Can there be any doubt that it is imprudent to kill alleged traitors without even bothering to convict them?Assassinating Americans
February 7, 2010
Perhaps I was imprudent, but your conduct has saved me from my own reproaches, and I fear no other.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
It was this imprudent candour which lowered him most in his guardian's estimation.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
I have been imprudent; I confess it; I have spoken somewhat loosely.
All men have their imprudent day; why should not Beckendorff?
The mischief which may result from your imprudent conduct is incalculable.
- not prudent; rash, heedless, or indiscreet
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.