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 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 Further breaking higher education to the saddle of the state is an imprudent (and, which is much the same thing, unconservative) objective. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: The College Board tries to solve a social problem that it’s unsuited to solve," 9 June 2019 But at its extremes, our family’s prudence was imprudent. Alexandra Kleeman, WSJ, "New Year’s Resolution: Pop Champagne Whenever," 28 Dec. 2018 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

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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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The first known use of imprudent was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of imprudent

formal : not wise or sensible : not prudent

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something of little or no value

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