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impolitic (adj) unwise.

It is impolitic to praise the virtues or beauty of a woman in her husband's presence, because that can give rise to suspicion about one's motives. It is impolitic to criticize the customs of a people in their own country. That is, it is unwise to do so, because you offend them, and they may be angry. You are impolitic in criticizing your boss in the hearing of one close to the boss. It is unwise of you because it will be carried to the boss and you may lose your job. To be impolitic is to be thoughtless.

  • It was impolitic of Karl to have rejected the offer of an executive's job in the company. Never again did he get such a job with such a high salary and with so many perks.
  • It was impolitic of the senator to criticize rising inflation and unemployment, because his own party was in power and whatever bad happened his party could alone be responsible.
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