imprudent

To be imprudent means lacking self-restraint when it would be wise to have it, like that time you started dancing on the table during a math test. Remember that? Everybody else does.

Prudent means "wise or shrewd," but add the prefix im- meaning "not," suddenly you have an adjective that describes the opposite of being wise or shrewd. An imprudent person doesn't think about the consequences and might cross the street without looking both ways or use a curling iron while taking a bath. Careless, wild, imprudent behavior can get you into big trouble!

Definitions of imprudent
  1. adjective
    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”
    Synonyms:
    careless
    marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful
    improvident
    not provident; not providing for the future
    ill-considered, ill-judged, improvident, shortsighted
    not given careful consideration
    injudicious
    lacking or showing lack of judgment or discretion; unwise
    rash
    imprudently incurring risk
    foolish
    devoid of good sense or judgment
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    Antonyms:
    prudent
    careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment
    careful
    exercising caution or showing care or attention
    provident
    providing carefully for the future
    circumspect, discreet
    heedful of potential consequences
    heady, judicious, wise
    marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters
    provident
    careful in regard to your own interests
    prudential
    arising from or characterized by prudence especially in business matters
    responsible
    worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable
    wise
    having or prompted by wisdom or discernment
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  2. adjective
    lacking wise self-restraint
    “an imprudent remark”
    Synonyms:
    indiscreet
    lacking discretion; injudicious
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