im·​pru·​dent | \ (ˌ)im-ˈprü-dᵊnt How to pronounce imprudent (audio) \

Definition of imprudent

: not prudent : lacking discretion, wisdom, or good judgment an imprudent investor

Other Words from imprudent

imprudently adverb

Examples of imprudent in a Sentence

It's politically imprudent to stir up such controversy during an election year. a very sweet girl, but so imprudent that no one trusts her with a secret
Recent Examples on the Web Overall, Republicans have offered a promising alternative to the Biden administration’s fiscally imprudent student loan policies and left-wing calls for debt cancellation en masse. Preston Cooper, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 Recycling the concertina wire, and trashing the imprudent idea of promoting militarization with it, would be a better direction for thinking of healing border communities from the decades of harm that misguided enforcement policies have caused. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Sep. 2022 And drawing grand conclusions in August is often imprudent. Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune, 28 Aug. 2022 His career-long master plot was ruin through overreach: an impractical and imprudent and profligate greatness. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 23 July 2022 Their union would have been imprudent by 19th-century English standards. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 16 July 2022 While the guidance isn’t mandatory, regulators would certainly have questions for any bank that lines up an imprudent fintech partnership. Paul Davis, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 This is a very imprudent assumption that could lead to war and, ultimately, American defeat. Elbridge Colby, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2021 Betting that Beyond Meat would ever achieve market share so much greater than the largest companies in the meat business is imprudent for fiduciaries and risky, to say the least. David Trainer, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of imprudent

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for imprudent

Middle English, from Latin imprudent-, imprudens, from in- + prudent-, prudens prudent

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“Imprudent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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