- (uncountable) The quality or state of being imprudent; lack of prudence, caution, discretion or circumspection.
- (countable) An imprudent act.
1753, Theophilus Cibber, The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1753):
- At about the age of twenty-three, to crown his other imprudences, he married, without improving his reduced circumstances thereby.
1891, Francois Coppee, Ten Tales:
- Yes, for six months he threw all his medicines in the fire, and designedly committed all sorts of imprudences.
1903, S.C. Hill, Three Frenchmen in Bengal:
- This man finally fell a victim to his diplomacies, perhaps also to his imprudences.
quality or state of being imprudent
- imprudence in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- imprudence in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
imprudence f (plural imprudences)