If you've ever put your foot in your mouth, you've probably said something impolitic. If you have made an impolitic statement, it was a politically unwise one.

It is impolitic to fail to remember flowers for your beloved on Valentine's Day, or to fail to show up in class when your grade point average is hanging by a thread. Remember back in 1981 when then U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig informed the press after the assassination attempt on President Reagan that "I am in control here?" Well that was a classic impolitic statement. Poor guy resigned the following year.

Definitions of impolitic

adj not politic

“an impolitic approach to a sensitive issue”
not suitable or advisable
inexpedient, unwise
not appropriate to the purpose
devoid of good sense or judgment
marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness
diplomatic, diplomatical
using or marked by tact in dealing with sensitive matters or people
appropriate to a purpose; practical
skillful in statecraft or management
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