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improvident

[ im-prov-i-duhnt ]
/ ɪmˈprɒv ɪ dənt /
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adjective
not provident; lacking foresight; incautious; unwary.
neglecting to provide for future needs.
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Origin of improvident

First recorded in 1505–15; im-2 + provident

OTHER WORDS FROM improvident

im·prov·i·dence, nounim·prov·i·dent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for improvident

improvident
/ (ɪmˈprɒvɪdənt) /

adjective
not provident; thriftless, imprudent, or prodigal
heedless or incautious; rash

Derived forms of improvident

improvidence, nounimprovidently, adverb
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