im·​prov·​i·​dent | \ (ˌ)im-ˈprä-və-dənt How to pronounce improvident (audio) , -ˌdent \

Definition of improvident

: not provident : not foreseeing and providing for the future

Other Words from improvident

improvidently adverb

Examples of improvident in a Sentence

Her improvident habits left her with no retirement savings. the improvident view that the wearing away of the ozone layer need not concern us
Recent Examples on the Web The Flynn plea on Dec. 1, 2017 was improvident and should not have been accepted by the court. WSJ, 13 May 2018 Designed by the brilliant (if improvident) Donald McKay, the ship was 235 feet long with a main mast nearly 100 feet tall. Randall Fuller, WSJ, 19 July 2018 The Flynn plea on Dec. 1, 2017 was improvident and should not have been accepted by the court. WSJ, 13 May 2018 Thus, the improvident plea as drafted and signed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller was defective on its face and should have been unacceptable by the court. WSJ, 13 May 2018 The history of emerging markets is full of imprudent investors as well as improvident borrowers. The Economist, 5 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of improvident

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for improvident

Late Latin improvident-, improvidens, from Latin in- + provident-, providens provident

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“Improvident.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of improvident

: not providing or saving for the future : not wise or sensible regarding money

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