Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

improvident

[im-prov-i-duhnt]
See more synonyms for improvident on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. not provident; lacking foresight; incautious; unwary.
  2. neglecting to provide for future needs.
Show More

Origin of improvident

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

Synonyms

See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com

Antonyms

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

carelessnesswastefulnesswasteneglectshortsightedness

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

    Various

  • 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."

    Alone

    Marion Harland


British Dictionary definitions for improvidence

improvident

adjective
  1. not provident; thriftless, imprudent, or prodigal
  2. heedless or incautious; rash
Show More
Derived Formsimprovidence, nounimprovidently, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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).

Show More

improvident

adj.

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

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper