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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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Contemporary Examples of imprudent

  • Can there be any doubt that it is imprudent to kill alleged traitors without even bothering to convict them?

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    Assassinating Americans

    Conor Friedersdorf

    February 7, 2010

Historical Examples of imprudent

  • 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

  • All men have their imprudent day; why should not Beckendorff?

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    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • The mischief which may result from your imprudent conduct is incalculable.

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    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

British Dictionary definitions for imprudent


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