im·​pru·​dent | \(ˌ)im-ˈprü-dᵊnt \

Definition of imprudent 

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

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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

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That may have been imprudent: The goal of the individual mandate is to get healthy people to buy insurance, which spreads risk across a broader population and helps keep prices lower for all of us. Nicholas Bagley, Vox, "Trump’s legal attack on the ACA isn’t about health care. It’s a war on the rule of law.," 8 June 2018 Sadler, who generated a firestorm last month for making an imprudent comment about Republican Sen. John McCain's health, had recently feuded with Mercedes Schlapp, director of strategic communications, people familiar with the dynamic said. Sarah Westwood, CNN, "White House poised to purge lower-level communications staffers," 7 June 2018 No one is imprudent enough to lay his or her cards on the table, but Spector makes every apparent stab at diplomacy into a sly bid for power. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Aurora’s ‘Eureka Day’ goes from ‘so Berkeley’ to universal," 22 Apr. 2018 The sheriff’s deputy cited Patterson for operating while intoxicated, operating after suspension, unreasonable and imprudent speed, failure to maintain control of a vehicle, and possession of marijuana. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trying to chase down a stolen $50, speeding driver rolls car 12 times, but emerges OK," 17 Apr. 2018 And that’s where the true danger lies: in a prestige game between two nuclear powers led by imprudent leaders. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "A Cold War Without Guard Rails," 10 Apr. 2018 To destroy it to bury an artificial tank to hold flood water pumped in from faraway flood-prone areas of the village is imprudent. Chicago Tribune,, "Letter: Wilmette needs to incorporate green infrastructure into stormwater plan," 5 Apr. 2018 Most Act 47 communities share common problems: flat tax bases, creative bookkeeping to get by, imprudent budgeting, neglected finance departments. Michaelle Bond,, "How Pa.'s 'distressed' program helps towns; and why it's hard to leave it," 16 Mar. 2018 He was also cited for unreasonable/imprudent speed in a construction zone and operating while suspended, the sheriff's office said. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Alleged drunk driver arrested with child in car," 14 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of imprudent

: not wise or sensible : not prudent

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