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imprudent

Syllabification: im·pru·dent
Pronunciation: /imˈpro͞odnt
 
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Definition of imprudent in English:

adjective

Not showing care for the consequences of an action; rash: it would be imprudent to leave her winter coat behind
More example sentences
  • His logic was that opponents would be deceived by the ship's appearance, and make rash and imprudent mistakes during confrontation.
  • Carrying out the original aim of a quick war with minimal civilian casualties would require taking chances that officers here now deem imprudent.
  • I think in this case, he would not do anything imprudent.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin imprudent- 'not foreseeing', from in- 'not' + prudent- (see prudent).

Derivatives

imprudence

1
noun
Example sentences
  • You can go to the nearest police station and for sure, you will find out that the reports are full of reckless imprudence, some of which result to homicide.
  • While 45% say he has been prudent, 48% say he is guilty of imprudence.
  • The utter imprudence of our mayor and City Council bewilders me.

imprudently

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • The Democrats criticize the administration for acting imprudently and through malfeasance.
  • Beneficiaries should not be able to raid their accounts imprudently - for consumption, housing, or even emergency health reasons.
  • I was a very young man, not much older than you are currently, and as you must know, young men tend to act imprudently.

Words that rhyme with imprudent

jurisprudent, prudent, student

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