V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: not showing good judgement--rash or unwise
Synonyms: imprudent, ill-advised, unwise, misguided, foolish, unseemly, reckless
Antonyms: politic, wise
Tips: Politic means "prudent;" its more familiar counterpart, political, can mean "pragmatic." The addition of the negative im-, "not," creates impolitic, "imprudent" or "foolish" in behavior or speech.
To refuse the invitation would be impolitic because it would greatly offend them and damage our relationship. (foolish, imprudent)
Her toast at dinner was terribly impolitic, as she had had too much to drink and practically insulted the host. (unseemly, reckless)
The politician tried to keep his impolitic wife out of the limelight, as she was prone to making controversial statements. (foolish, imprudent)
Antagonizing the picketing union workers would be impolitic. (imprudent, unwise, unseemly)
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