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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
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 for improvident
  • Married to an improvident doctor, she had no money to give.
  • Shoppers so improvident as to have waited until the last minute were punished with empty shelves.
  • And for the accounting departments, multiplying overhead costs by multiple locations seemed improvident.
  • The star plays an improvident bachelor who genially mooches off a wealthy medical student.
  • It did not offer a reason other than that its earlier decision had been improvident.
  • All may not be equal, but you will not be burdened long for any improvident decision.
  • To be enjoying the punishment of the improvident borrowers you must be in a recession proof bubble.
  • He shook himself free from the cares of state banking and the wiles of improvident countries and entered private industry.
  • Only the improvident patronized stores which gave long-term credit.
  • He loves idleness, he has little conception of right and wrong, and he is improvident to the last degree of childishness.
British Dictionary definitions for improvident

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 improvident
adj.

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

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