im·​prov·​i·​dence | \ (ˌ)im-ˈprä-və-dən(t)s How to pronounce improvidence (audio) , -ˌden(t)s\

Definition of improvidence

: the quality or state of being improvident

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In the most spectacular example of improvidence, 54-year-old Larraine blows an entire month’s worth of food stamps on a single meal of lobster tails, shrimp, crab and lemon meringue pie, washed down with Pepsi. Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times, "Matthew Desmond’s ‘Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City’," 26 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of improvidence

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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one that collects or salvages junk

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