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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 imprudent
  • The fact is, the introduction of any alien species is imprudent provided special protection is the priority.
  • If isolated on pig farms, all of this is imprudent but not tragic in as much as it seems isolated, faraway from our daily lives.
  • imprudent investment always occurs during periods of spectacular growth.
  • In a global capital market, the reward for good economic policies has increased, but so too has the punishment for imprudent ones.
  • Some conclude that prices have been pumped up by imprudent bank lending and that the market is at risk of crashing.
  • Those imprudent ancestors have become symbols for mankind's short-sighted carelessness with his environment.
  • Thus, government intervention in the monetary system destroyed temporal moral hazard against imprudent lending.
  • No specific investment or course of action is, taken alone, prudent or imprudent.
  • The amount approved was reduced because of imprudent gas purchases made by the utility and overrun charges.
  • Overpayment for stock artificially inflated in value is categorically imprudent.
British Dictionary definitions for imprudent


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