Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not wise or expedient; not politic: an impolitic approach to a sensitive issue.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not in accordance with good policy; unwise, inexpedient; unadvisable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not politic; contrary to, or wanting in, policy; unwise; imprudent; indiscreet; inexpedient.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not politic; not conforming to or in accordance with good policy; inexpedient; injudicious: as, an impolitic ruler, law, or measure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not politic

Etymologies

From im- +‎ politic. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The word impolitic has appeared in 20 New York Times articles in the past year, including on June 10 in "A Diplomat, He Isn't: Prince Philip's Tongue Remains Sharp as Ever," by Sarah Lyall:

    NYT > Home Page

  • Our Pres. could crudely tell the allied PM to sit on a peg and rotate and not break any laws, but that would be what they call "impolitic" in the diplomatic game.

    Obama Hits McCain Over Zapatero Gaffe, Compares Him To Cheney

  • It may habe been "impolitic" to the readers of the Groan and the listeners to the Today programme, but not so long ago Lilley told an assembled group (of which I was a part) that following his pronouncements on welfare, many ordinary people came up to him in person (in the street, on the bus, etc.) to say that they agreed ...

    RAGE RAGE RAGE

  • One thing which worries me is that any recognition for the S.S.P.X would be 'impolitic' so soon before the arrival of that twerp who now claims to be U.S. president.

    The Journeys of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer

  • Bald or candid statements are usually unwise, or "impolitic," which is why politicians tend to avoid them, knowing that they may be falsified by events.

    The New Republic - All Feed

  • Re Hunter S. Thompson, it's interesting to hear from those here who claim that a harsh tone is "impolitic" say that they respect Dr. Gonzo.

    BlueOregon

  • [The political pragmatists '] thesis here is straightforward-and it matches the theses of many of those (including the White House and the Corner's Ramesh Ponnuru) who've taken Bennett to task for his "impolitic" remarks.

    protein wisdom

  • • May my prognollics prove at falfe, as the con (iterations arc groundlcfs on which was pafled the decree of the 26th of Auguft lail, which I have termed impolitic and abfurd, be - caufe it certainly is fo in every point of view! and I cannot bat lament that a fplendid verbofity (hould have prevented the dangers r i6]

    Considerations on the Present and Future State of France

  • 'impolitic', or uncivil ... when someone is robbing me blind, i am NOT going to be polite about pointing that out ...

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  • That sumbitch makes a noise similar to the hounds of hell in full frontal attack and that´s the reason for my rather impolitic joke about Birmingham Brown outrunning Charie Chan´s car speeding down the highway after he spotted a ghost.

    See You Later, Mr. Chan*

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