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imprudence

Imprudence sometimes gets people in trouble, because it means a lack of care or thoughtfulness. The imprudence of not wearing your gloves in the winter might result in frostbite on your fingers.

A person's imprudence is her tendency to rush headlong into decisions or actions without careful contemplation. Imprudence could lead a couple to get married just a week after meeting each other or a little girl to chase a run-away ball into a busy street. The Latin root word is imprudentem means "not forseeing, unaware, or inconsiderate."

Definitions of imprudence
  1. noun
    a lack of caution in practical affairs
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    Antonyms:
    prudence
    discretion in practical affairs
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    heedlessness, mindlessness, rashness
    the trait of acting rashly and without prudence
    improvidence, shortsightedness
    a lack of prudence and care by someone in the management of resources
    myopia
    a lack of discernment, insight, or foresight
    lightheadedness
    a frivolous lack of prudence
    extravagance, prodigality, profligacy
    the trait of spending extravagantly
    thriftlessness, waste, wastefulness
    the trait of wasting resources
    type of:
    incaution, incautiousness
    the trait of forgetting or ignoring possible danger
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