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improvident

[im-prov-i-duh nt] /ɪmˈprɒv ɪ dənt/
adjective
1.
not provident; lacking foresight; incautious; unwary.
2.
neglecting to provide for future needs.
Origin of improvident
1505-1515
1505-15; im-2 + provident
Related forms
improvidence, noun
improvidently, adverb
Synonyms
1. thoughtless, careless, imprudent, heedless. 2. shiftless, thriftless, unthrifty, wasteful, prodigal.
Antonyms
1. prudent. 2. economical.
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Examples from the Web for improvidence
Historical Examples
  • Specimen wages of the tenements these, seemingly inconsistent with the charge of improvidence.

    How the Other Half Lives Jacob A. Riis
  • Through their improvidence, the Greeks had neither money nor materials.

    Byron Richard Edgcumbe
  • To a certain extent the primitive communism acted to prevent the individual from feeling the full force of improvidence.

    Ethics John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
  • Instead, you glowered at her, and read her a lecture about extravagance and improvidence.

    A Safety Match Ian Hay
  • Gasping, he cursed his improvidence, in not having glued his vision to the place of the light's going.

    Under the Witches' Moon Nathan Gallizier
  • To what do you attribute that improvidence on the part of the negro laborer?

    Black and White Timothy Thomas Fortune
  • Indolence and improvidence kept them down, for they were never "up."

    Alone Marion Harland
  • The timber had not yet suffered by its owner's improvidence.

    Fenton's Quest M. E. Braddon
  • He gives this up with an improvidence which seems innate, though perhaps we might attribute it to ignorance.

  • improvidence and fermage have sounded the knell of the old landed gentry.

    Roumania Past and Present James Samuelson
British Dictionary definitions for improvidence

improvident

/ɪmˈprɒvɪdənt/
adjective
1.
not provident; thriftless, imprudent, or prodigal
2.
heedless or incautious; rash
Derived Forms
improvidence, noun
improvidently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for improvidence
n.

"lack of foresight, rashness," mid-15c., from Latin improvidentia, from assimilated form of in- "not" (see in- (1)) + providentia (see providence).

improvident

adj.

1510s, from im- "not" + provident. It retains a stronger connection with the "provide" aspect of Latin providere. Related: Improvidently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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