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  • n. The state or act of being impolitic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being impolitic; inexpedience; unsuitableness to the end proposed; bads policy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being impolitic; inexpediency; unsuitableness to the end proposed or to be desired: as, the impolicy of a measure or a course of action.


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  • Holding in utter contempt the threats of Captain Parker, Lee continued his march; and, in a letter [17] to congress, represented in such strong terms the impolicy of leaving the military arrangements for New

    The Life of George Washington, Vol. 2 (of 5) Commander in Chief of the American Forces During the War which Established the Independence of his Country and First President of the United States

  • You spoke of the duties a Frenchman owed to France, and the 'impolicy' of remaining aloof from all public employment on the part of those attached to the Legitimist cause. "

    The Parisians — Volume 05

  • Charles of Burgundy, a person likely to resent to the utmost the deeds of that night, had an alarming sound, and the extreme impolicy of at once quarrelling with the Liegeois and provoking the Monarch of France, made an appalling impression on their minds, confused as their intellects were.

    Quentin Durward

  • It is not the province of the court to decide upon the justice or injustice, the policy or impolicy, of these laws.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Dred Scott and “Substantive Due Process”:

  • Sets forth the folly, the inconvenience, the impolicy of KEEPING, and the preference of MARRIAGE, upon the foot of their own principles, as libertines.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Beginning with a fair show of justice on either side, the masters stultified their cause by obstinate impolicy, and the men disgraced their order by acts of outrage.

    Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin

  • I spoke to him about the impolicy of treatment we had received at his hands, and quoted the example of the Bangalas, who had been conquered by the Portuguese, for their extortionate demands of payment for firewood, grass, water, etc., and concluded by denying his right to any payment for simply passing through uncultivated land.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • But she saw the veil he had spread over his resentment, and, his assumed tranquillity only alarming her more, she urged, at length, the impolicy of forcing an interview with Montoni, and of taking any measure, which might render their separation irremediable.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • 'I know there has been no impolicy in protracting his absence thus far: it is good to let the mill stand, while trade is so bad; but he must not abandon the county.'

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • Colony we are endeavouring to establish; and some have not been wanting to pronounce the scheme big with folly, impolicy, and ruin.

    The Expedition to Botany Bay


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