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  1. not prudent; lacking discretion; incautious; rash.
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Origin of imprudent

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin imprūdent- (stem of imprūdēns) unforeseeing, rash. See im-2, prudent
Related formsim·pru·dence, im·pru·dent·ness, im·pru·den·cy, nounim·pru·dent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedimprudent impudent


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Related Words

carelessness, neglect, foolishness, recklessness

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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for imprudence


  1. not prudent; rash, heedless, or indiscreet
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Derived Formsimprudence, nounimprudently, 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).

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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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