improvident

[im-prov-i-duhnt]
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Origin of improvident

First recorded in 1505–15; im-2 + provident
Related formsim·prov·i·dence, nounim·prov·i·dent·ly, adverb

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Related Words for improvidence

carelessness, wastefulness, waste, neglect, shortsightedness

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British Dictionary definitions for improvidence

improvident

adjective
  1. not provident; thriftless, imprudent, or prodigal
  2. heedless or incautious; rash
Derived Formsimprovidence, nounimprovidently, 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.

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