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[im-prov-i-duh nt]
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  1. not provident; lacking foresight; incautious; unwary.
  2. neglecting to provide for future needs.
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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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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

Historical Examples

  • Of the value of this endowment the Indian, with all his improvidence, had some notion.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, August 1877


  • It is bohemianism in the domestic circle, a life full of improvidence and surprises.

    Artists' Wives

    Alphonse Daudet

  • What worries her most is the fatalism and improvidence of the poor.

  • Thus our improvidence is made sponsor for our disinclination.

  • Indolence and improvidence kept them down, for they were never "up."


    Marion Harland

British Dictionary definitions for improvidence


  1. not provident; thriftless, imprudent, or prodigal
  2. heedless or incautious; rash
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Derived Formsimprovidence, nounimprovidently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for improvidence


"lack of foresight, rashness," mid-15c., from Latin improvidentia, from assimilated form of in- "not" (see in- (1)) + providentia (see providence).

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

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