- 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 improvident
Therefore every improvident step will meet with terrible revenge.
But these lawless adventurers were as improvident as they were vicious and idle.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
They are unstable, improvident, easily discouraged, easily led astray.Impressions of South Africa
Was ever such an improvident, self-willed creature as this boy, Cupid?Eventide
His father is said to have had little ability, and to have been careless and improvident.American Men of Mind
Burton E. Stevenson
- not provident; thriftless, imprudent, or prodigal
- heedless or incautious; rash
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Word Origin and History for improvident
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