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Monday, April 12, 2004

Definitions for improvident

  1. Lacking foresight or forethought; not foreseeing or providing for the future; negligent or thoughtless.

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Citations for improvident
Elizabeth's husband . . . had been a reckless, improvident man, who left many debts behind him when he died suddenly of a consumption in September 1704. David Nokes, Jane Austen: A Life
Lily is spoiled, pleasure-loving, and has one of those society mothers who are as improvident as a tornado. Elizabeth Hardwick, Sight-Readings: American Fictions
Origin of improvident
1505-1515
Improvident derives from Latin improvidens, improvident-, from im- (for in-), "not" + providens, provident-, present participle of providere, "to see beforehand, to provide for," from pro-, "before, forward" + videre, "to see."
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