Imprudent vs Insouciant - What's the difference?

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As adjectives the difference between imprudent and insouciant

is that imprudent is not prudent; wanting in prudence or discretion; indiscreet; injudicious; not attentive to consequence; improper while insouciant is carefree, nonchalant, indifferent; casually unconcerned.

imprudent

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Not prudent; wanting in prudence or discretion; indiscreet; injudicious; not attentive to consequence; improper.
  • * 1711 , , The Life and Acts of Matthew Parker , volume 1.
  • Here Her Majesty took a great dislike at the imprudent behavior of many of the Ministers and Readers.
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  • , year=1853 , author=Mary Elizabeth Braddon , title=Phantom Fortune , chapter=3 citation , passage=‘It was a most 'imprudent thing to go up Helvellyn in such weather,’ said Fräulein Müller, shaking her head gloomily as she ate her fish.}}
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  • , year=1864 , author=Jules Verne , title=Journey to the Interior of the Earth , chapter=3 citation , passage=My uncle, falling back into his absorbing contemplations, had already forgotten my imprudent' words. I merely say ' imprudent , for the great mind of so learned a man of course had no place for love affairs, and happily the grand business of the document gained me the victory.}}

    Synonyms

    * indiscreet, injudicious, incautious, ill-advised, unwise, heedless, careless, rash, negligent

    insouciant

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Carefree, nonchalant, indifferent; casually unconcerned.
  • * 1903 , , "Cadiz" in The Land of The Blessed Virgin :
  • It was there that on Sunday I had seen the populace disport itself, and it was full of life then, gay and insouciant .
  • * 1913 , , The Golden Road , ch. 3:
  • How I envied Peter his easy, insouciant manner!
  • * 2004 April 26, , " Sean Penn: Necessary Actor," Time :
  • Jack Nicholson . . . turned to an assistant, bummed a cigarette, flashed one of his wolfish, insouciant grins and said, "We all have our little secrets, Seany."