- not provident; lacking foresight; incautious; unwary.
- neglecting to provide for future needs.
Origin of improvident
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1. thoughtless, careless, imprudent, heedless. 2. shiftless, thriftless, unthrifty, wasteful, prodigal.
1. prudent. 2. economical.
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Examples from the Web for improvidence
Of the value of this endowment the Indian, with all his improvidence, had some notion.
It is bohemianism in the domestic circle, a life full of improvidence and surprises.Artists' Wives
What worries her most is the fatalism and improvidence of the poor.Stray Studies from England and Italy
John Richard Greene
Thus our improvidence is made sponsor for our disinclination.
Indolence and improvidence kept them down, for they were never "up."Alone
- not provident; thriftless, imprudent, or prodigal
- heedless or incautious; rash
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Word Origin and History for improvidence
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