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.
, author=Mary Elizabeth Braddon
, title=Phantom Fortune
, 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.}}
, author=Jules Verne
, title=Journey to the Interior of the Earth
, 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.}}
* indiscreet, injudicious, incautious, ill-advised, unwise, heedless, careless, rash, negligent
Carefree, nonchalant, indifferent; casually unconcerned.
* 1903 , , "Cadiz" in The Land of The Blessed Virgin :
* 1913 , , The Golden Road , ch. 3:
- It was there that on Sunday I had seen the populace disport itself, and it was full of life then, gay and insouciant .
* 2004 April 26, , "
- How I envied Peter his easy, insouciant manner!
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."