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From Middle French imprudent, from Latin imprudens (not foreseeing, ignorant), prefix im-, not + prudens (foreseeing, skilled, judicious)


  • IPA(key): /ɪmˈpɹudənt/
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imprudent (comparative more imprudent, superlative most imprudent)

  1. Not prudent; wanting in prudence or discretion; indiscreet; injudicious; not attentive to consequence; improper.
    • 1711, John Strype, The Life and Acts of Matthew Parker, volume 1.
      Here Her Majesty took a great dislike at the imprudent behavior of many of the Ministers and Readers.
    • 1853, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, chapter 3, in Phantom Fortune[1]:
      ‘It was a most 'imprudent thing to go up Helvellyn in such weather,’ said Fräulein Müller, shaking her head gloomily as she ate her fish.
    • 1864, Jules Verne, chapter 3, in Journey to the Interior of the Earth[2]:
      My uncle, falling back into his absorbing contemplations, had already forgotten my imprudent words. I merely say imprudent, for the great mind of so learned a man of course had no place for love affairs, and happily the grand business of the document gained me the victory.



Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for imprudent in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)




imprudent (feminine singular imprudente, masculine plural imprudents, feminine plural imprudentes)

  1. imprudent, rash

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