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imprudence

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EtymologyEdit

im- +‎ prudence. From Middle French imprudence, from Latin imprudentia

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imprudence (usually uncountable, plural imprudences)

  1. (uncountable) The quality or state of being imprudent; want of prudence, caution, discretion or circumspection; indiscretion; inconsideration; rashness; heedlessness.
  2. (countable) An imprudent act.
    • 1753, Theophilus Cibber, The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1753)[1]:
      At about the age of twenty-three, to crown his other imprudences, he married, without improving his reduced circumstances thereby.
    • 1891, Francois Coppee, Ten Tales[2]:
      Yes, for six months he threw all his medicines in the fire, and designedly committed all sorts of imprudences.
    • 1903, S.C. Hill, Three Frenchmen in Bengal[3]:
      This man finally fell a victim to his diplomacies, perhaps also to his imprudences.
    • 1906 – 1921, John Galsworthy, “Encounter”, in The Forsyte Saga, volume 1:
      He [Timothy Forsyte] had never committed the imprudence of marrying or encumbering himself in any way with children.

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imprudence f (plural imprudences)

  1. imprudence, rashness

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