not provident; lacking foresight; incautious; unwary.
neglecting to provide for future needs.
- im·prov·i·dence, noun
- im·prov·i·dent·ly, adverb
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How to use improvident in a sentence
Government nurtured these behemoths by weaving an improvident safety net, and by practicing crony capitalism.
The old elite worried that the masses were too improvident and seditious.
Then as the sober days of manhood came, and Landy witnessed the finish of the improvident and foolish, he began to save and skimp.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
How ridiculously improvident it was of the curate and Emily Gibson to fall in love with one another, wisdom could testify.Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series | Mrs. Henry Wood
He is dutiful to his father, the improvident, though ambitious Charles Mari de Buonaparte.Napoleon's Young Neighbor | Helen Leah Reed
In those days the people were poor and improvident, and a single failure in their crops left them in a sorry condition.Unveiling a Parallel | Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Marchant
She found, to her dismay, that this was owing to their having eaten all the seed potatoes,—that last lapse of the improvident.Tess of the d'Urbervilles | Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for improvident
not provident; thriftless, imprudent, or prodigal
heedless or incautious; rash
- improvidence, noun
- improvidently, adverb
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