improvident

[im-prov-i-duhnt]

adjective

not provident; lacking foresight; incautious; unwary.
neglecting to provide for future needs.

Nearby words

  1. improve,
  2. improve on,
  3. improvement,
  4. improver,
  5. improvidence,
  6. improvisation,
  7. improvisational,
  8. improvisator,
  9. improvisatory,
  10. improvise

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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British Dictionary definitions for improvident

improvident

adjective

not provident; thriftless, imprudent, or prodigal
heedless or incautious; rash
Derived Formsimprovidence, nounimprovidently, adverb

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Word Origin and History for improvident

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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