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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
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  • You ought not to have the imprudence to walk about in Paris.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • Once the ordeal is over, we shall be at ease as to the consequences of our imprudence.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • Cecil would not have been so strong against the risk and imprudence, if her wishes had been the other way.

    The Three Brides Charlotte M. Yonge
  • In a gruff, rude voice, he chided him for his imprudence, and told him to go in.

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • Most of these would have their sorrow increased by the remembrance of their own imprudence.

    Paul and Virginia Bernardin de Saint Pierre
  • But it was in vain that he argued, pleaded, raged, finally—imprudence of imprudence!

    The Genius Margaret Horton Potter
  • And I related my own imprudence in allowing the Spaniard to communicate with his bowmen.

  • You do not strengthen your case by reminding me of that imprudence.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
  • In the same spirit, when the blushing Arabella came to tell of her marriage, “can you forgive my imprudence?”

    Pickwickian Studies Percy Fitzgerald
  • Inwardly I cursed my imprudence, and loaded myself with reproaches.

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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