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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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 Such rules are an imprudent use of taxpayer dollars and reduce growth by making inputs such as iron and steel more expensive. Adam A. Millsap, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Republicans are using the numbers to argue that big spending on pandemic relief, along with additional spending on infrastructure, which the administration proposes paying for largely with tax increases, would be imprudent. New York Times, 10 June 2021 On Tuesday, Andria Heese, 29, the Columbia officer who had originally been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2019 death of Gabriella Curry, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of careless and imprudent driving, KRCG, KOMU and ABC17 report. Kc Baker,, 2 June 2021 Wait — all that about prudent and imprudent choices in regard to the pandemic is irrelevant. Washington Post, 30 Mar. 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, 1 Mar. 2021 Development requires balance: a city must attract investment, but imprudent development can harm its character. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 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, 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, 18 Sep. 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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7 Jul 2021

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“Imprudent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of imprudent

formal : not wise or sensible : not prudent

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