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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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  • You dont mean to say, thoughtless and imprudent woman, that you keep loaded fire-arms in the house?

    Box and Cox John Maddison Morton
  • There is some truth in his compliments, no doubt; but they are wasteful, excessive, imprudent.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • I have been imprudent; I confess it; I have spoken somewhat loosely.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Cuchillo interrupted himself as one who has made an imprudent speech.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • He had been so imprudent as to drive home in the humid air of a January evening and he had caught a cold.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • She showed the door to the imprudent orderly, and shut it behind him with a blow.

    An Eagle Flight Jos Rizal
  • It was as the colonel had supposed: the woman had got her lover in her toils, and he had been imprudent.

  • Who would have dared to remind her of that imprudent proposal in 1640?

    Political Women, Vol. 2 (of 2) Sutherland Menzies
  • On leaving he was also imprudent enough to dress as a civilian.

    A History of England, Period III. Rev. J. Franck Bright
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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