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imprudent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj imprudent lacking wise self-restraint "an imprudent remark"
    • adj imprudent not prudent or wise "very imprudent of her mother to encourage her in such silly romantic ideas","would be imprudent for a noneconomist to talk about the details of economic policy"- A.M.Schlesinger"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Imprudent Not prudent; wanting in prudence or discretion; indiscreet; injudicious; not attentive to consequence; improper. "Her majesty took a great dislike at the imprudent behavior of many of the ministers and readers."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • imprudent Not prudent; wanting prudence or discretion; not careful of consequences; indiscreet; rash; heedless.
    • imprudent Synonyms Incautious, careless, unadvised, inconsiderate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Imprudent im-prōō′dent wanting foresight or discretion: incautious: inconsiderate
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Quotations

  • Charles Caleb Colton
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    “There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. imprudens,; pref. im-, not + prudens, prudent: cf. F. imprudent,. See Prudent, and cf. Improvident

Usage

In literature:

The king was not imprudent, he was only in love.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
We are afraid she has been imprudently advised by some one, as she is young and inexperienced in travelling.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
A priest was so imprudent, after this sermon, as to open his repository of images and relics, and prepare himself to say mass.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part D. From Elizabeth to James I." by David Hume
This imprudent measure occasioned an immediate defeat to the Covenanters.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part F. From Charles II. to James II." by David Hume
In a worldly point of view her marriage with Mr. Fitzgerald would probably have been very imprudent.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Thus would I attempt to account for the extreme imprudence of his conduct on his return from England.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
It was impossible always to guard against such imprudences.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 118, August, 1887" by Various
Imprudent to defend the liberty of the press!
"Standard Selections" by Various
A slight puckering frown came over Iemon's face at this imprudence.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
Sophistry, said this imprudent teacher, is at the bottom of all human pleasure or pain.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
This imprudent action soon became known at the court of Chilperic, and the ambitious Fredegonde hastened to turn it to her advantage.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Was the heart of David pained and horror-struck at the sight of the fair Bath-sheba, when imprudently and too freely exposed in her bath?
"The Priest, The Woman And The Confessional" by Father Chiniquy
A passing vehicle had run over the leg of a boy who had imprudently tried to cross the street just in front of it.
"Rufus and Rose" by Horatio Alger, Jr
She acted with a customary impulse that was imprudent with such a nature as Desmond O'Connor's.
"Grey Town" by Gerald Baldwin
John Drew's vehicle in 1895 was "That Imprudent Young Couple," by Henry Guy Carleton.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
Frightened by his growing influence, they imprudently endeavored to arrest the evil by punishing the offender.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8" by Various
In his anxiety, and with much imprudence, he went to the girl and questioned her again.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Croustillac did not wish to be a butt for these two persons, and he almost regretted having embarked so imprudently in this mad adventure.
"A Romance of the West Indies" by Eugène Sue
Maria Antoinette was imprudent, very imprudent, and that was her only crime.
"Maria Antoinette" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
It was imprudent to go downstairs so soon.
"The Grandee" by Armando Palacio Valdés
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In poetry:

O vile imprudence on his side!
Confusion seiz'd th'intended bride.
What female could refrain from crying,
Her china, or her honour, flying?
"John Bolders" by William Hutton
It happened a spider within did crawl,
And spun him a web of ample size,
Wherein there chanced one day to fall
A couple of very imprudent flies.
"The Stethoscope Song. A Professional Ballad" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
There was an Old Person of Chili,
Whose conduct was painful and silly,
He sate on the stairs,
Eating apples and pears,
That imprudent Old Person of Chili.
"Limerick: There was an Old Person of Chili" by Edward Lear
And then, my dear Girl, it is twenty to one,
This will be our support when old age shall come on.
If imprudent, a workhouse may fall to our share--
The reverse may produce us a chariot and pair.
"The Wedding Night" by William Hutton

In news:

The Hamburg Police Department confirms former Buffalo Bill s player, 40-year-old Ruben Brown, was arrested and charged with DWI, following too close, and imprudent speed.
'Imprudent' to close US nuclear plants.
' Imprudent ' to close US nuclear plants.
The Prudent and the Imprudent .
Vice President Biden's Imprudent Words on the H1N1 Virus.
"I have made the decision that it would be imprudent to try to bring the two dioceses together at this time with this uncertainty and division, and have determined to withhold my approval of the junctioning.".
When Al-Ghunaim, 46, started Global Investment House in 1998, people thought she was imprudent: the Kuwait stock market had tanked, oil prices were down and Saddam Hussein was making trouble again.
It's called "careless and imprudent driving".
With their recent history of trying to rush players back from injuries or attempting to hide the exact nature of injuries, it would seem imprudent for the Mets to allow R.
When Mauro brought the show to Chicago, he spent the bulk of his meager $24 budget on lunch at Honey 1 Barbeque in Bucktown, which seemed imprudent because, c'mon, it's barbecue and you can for sure spend less than ten bucks.
I have said in previous blogs, it would be imprudent of me to reveal my personal feelings regarding Air Tran's hostile takeover attempt of Midwest Airlines.
With a bitter curse, he realized that however imprudent Jakes had been, he had not been such a fool as to carry his papers about with him.
COLUMBIA — The tractor-trailer driver involved in a four-vehicle accident Wednesday on US 63 was issued a summons for careless and imprudent driving, Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Gary Gundy said Thursday.
Sadly, long-standing divisions within the church have been exacerbated by the recent actions and imprudent words of too many bishops.
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In science:

Given the simplicity of our model, it may be imprudent to overstretch its similarity with observations but in any case it is encouraging that the profiles that we obtain are not disparate from observations.
Feedback in AGN heating of galaxy clusters
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