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

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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 Development requires balance: a city must attract investment, but imprudent development can harm its character. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's what you need to know about the three candidates running for mayor of Wauwatosa," 21 Jan. 2020 That observation leads to this report’s second big claim: when a sophisticated citizenry aspires to democracy, frustrating that aspiration can be imprudent as well as unjust. The Economist, "Asian tigersAfter half a century of success, the Asian tigers must reinvent themselves," 5 Dec. 2019 And while an overt assault on Pope John Paul II was understood to be imprudent, even among the feminist ideologues in the East Wing, there were other means of registering displeasure. George Weigel, National Review, "Cokie and Lindy," 18 Sep. 2019 That’s because waiting out the current U.S.-Turkish crisis seems... imprudent. Ankit Panda, The New Republic, "Why Are U.S. Nuclear Bombs Still in Turkey?," 15 Oct. 2019 Living with the consequences of his imprudent decision is Cameron’s tragedy, and Britain’s, too. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "The Brexit Agonies of David Cameron," 18 Sep. 2019 No, that takes virtual complete abdication by regulators as well as imprudent behavior by parts of the business community. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman on Hong Kong’s Unrest, the Rise of Bitcoin, and Fundraising as an ‘Out-of-Body Experience’," 17 Sep. 2019 How could such a fiscally imprudent thing happen with taxpayer dollars? John Henderson, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Special districts and how my Lakewood community — Solterra — landed in a mountain of debt," 12 Aug. 2019 The US Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell once famously characterised non-bank lenders as imprudent and a potential problem for the credit markets and the broader financial system. Shachindra Nath, Quartz India, "India’s NBFCs, wrongly called shadow banks, need the government’s backing," 3 July 2019

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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 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of imprudent

formal : not wise or sensible : not prudent

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