[ im-prood-ns ]
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  1. lack of wisdom or care in the management of practical or economic affairs:Your decisions demonstrate fiscal imprudence and shortsighted thinking.

  2. lack of discretion or caution:The whistleblower learned of the scheme through the hiring executive's imprudence.

  1. disregard for one’s own interests:His own imprudence and unreasonable conduct are what caused the second injury.

Origin of imprudence

First recorded in 1540–50; from Middle French, from Latin imprūdentia; see origin at in-3, prudence
  • Rarely im·pru·den·cy [im-prood-n-see] /ɪmˈprud n si/ .

Words Nearby imprudence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use imprudence in a sentence

  • Even Mr. Rove is not so intellectually dishonest, so brazenly hypocritical as to accuse anyone else of fiscal imprudence.

  • A certain fired-up imprudence was present from the beginning—sailing across the Atlantic in the early 17th century?

    America Hits the Reset Button | Kurt Andersen | July 28, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • He attributes much to the imprudence, or imbecility of the enemy, whose plan of saving an army he likens to Sterne's marble sheet.

  • Had the imprudence to preach against the Huguenots, and with so much success that the king wanted to put him in prison.

    Chicot the Jester | Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • Still more yellow than usual, Hemerlingue internally accused himself of clumsiness and imprudence.

    The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
  • Often remonstrated with for his imprudence in exposing himself to the heavy night-dew he would listen to no advice.

    Newton Forster | Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Yes, go and carry comfort to thy friends, And wisely tell them thy imprudence ends.