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[im-prood-nt] /ɪmˈprud nt/
not prudent; lacking discretion; incautious; rash.
Origin of imprudent
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin imprūdent- (stem of imprūdēns) unforeseeing, rash. See im-2, prudent
Related forms
imprudence, imprudentness, imprudency, noun
imprudently, adverb
Can be confused
imprudent, impudent.
unwise, indiscreet, ill-advised. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for imprudence
  • Told so barely, the tale suggests shocking imprudence.
  • It was followed, though, by an explosion of debt and imprudence.
  • Doing so would evidence both imprudence and negligence as a fiduciary.
  • Its efficiency exposes and punishes underlying economic imprudence swiftly and decisively.
  • Frustration would blunt the law's policy in favor of settlement, and financial imprudence might be a compelled path.
  • Today you write that the global financial system exposes and punishes underlying economic imprudence swiftly and decisively.
  • But the custom of a particular place may rectify what otherwise would be imprudence or folly.
British Dictionary definitions for imprudence


not prudent; rash, heedless, or indiscreet
Derived Forms
imprudence, noun
imprudently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for imprudence

early 15c., "quality of rashness or heedlessness; imprudent act," from Latin imprudentia "lack of foresight, inconsiderateness, ignorance, inadvertence," noun of quality from imprudens (see 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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