Improvident Im*prov"i*dent, a. [Pref. im- not + provident: cf. L. improvidus. See {Provident}, and cf. {Imprudent}.] Not provident; wanting foresight or forethought; not foreseeing or providing for the future; negligent; thoughtless; as, an improvident man. [1913 Webster]

Improvident soldiers! had your watch been good, This sudden mischief never could have fallen. --Shak.

Syn: Inconsiderable; negligent; careless; shiftless; prodigal; wasteful. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • improvident — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ lacking care for the future. DERIVATIVES improvidence noun improvidently adverb …   English terms dictionary

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  • improvident — adjective Etymology: Late Latin improvident , improvidens, from Latin in + provident , providens provident Date: 1514 not provident ; not foreseeing and providing for the future • improvidently adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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