“The injudicious hiker was putting himself in a precarious situation.”

What is the best definition of injudicious?

Check your answer!

Choice A - Demonstrating a lack of wisdom or common sense
Choice B - Having disregard toward established laws or regulations
Choice C - Tending to be haughty or self-possessed
Choice D - Deliberately seeking danger or misadventure


Injudicious (adjective) – characterized by very poor judgement or lack of sense; without wisdom or discretion 

GRE pro tips:

Maybe you’ve heard the term “judicious decision” in reference to a sound legal decision – like those made by a judge. Such decisions are well thought out and consider all sides and opposing points of view. Its opposite, injudicious decisions – like all of us have made in our lives – are not well thought out but, instead, are poorly considered, and oftentimes ill-advised. In other words, something that is injudicious is lacking in good judgment and discretion. But more than lacking wisdom, it can further suggest a lack of common sense. 

For example, it would be injudicious – foolish or imprudent – to cheer when your team loses as it would likely anger your friends and teammates. Similarly, feeding a bear cub in the wild would be not only be unsafe but also unwise and injudicious.

Example sentences:

“The politician had to make a public apology for injudicious tweets made after a cocktail party the previous evening.”

“Trying to appear tough, the teen injudiciously bit into a chili pepper, causing his face to swell and tears to roll from his eyes.”

“According the ER nurse, half of major injuries are the direct result of blatant injudiciousness, while the other half result from simple misfortune.”