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[im-pol-i-tik] /ɪmˈpɒl ɪ tɪk/
not politic, expedient, or judicious.
Origin of impolitic
1590-1600; im-2 + politic
Related forms
impoliticly, adverb
impoliticness, noun Unabridged
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  • It is often impolitic to object to the admission of evidence, even when the objection may be sustained by previous rulings.

  • The next moment he realized that he had said what, of all things, was the most impolitic.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • But, besides being an act of lawlessness, it was the most impolitic thing that the people could have done.

  • Macchiavelli censures the Signory's conduct of this affair as impolitic.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
  • It wouldn't do, of course, to advertise for a corrupt physician; that would be impolitic.

    The Wrong Box Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
British Dictionary definitions for impolitic


not politic or expedient; unwise
Derived Forms
impoliticly, adverb
impoliticness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for impolitic

"not according to good policy," c.1600, from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + politic.

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