improvident

Definitions

  • Improvident Man
    Improvident Man
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj improvident not provident; not providing for the future
    • adj improvident not given careful consideration "ill-considered actions often result in disaster","an ill-judged attempt"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Improvident Not provident; wanting foresight or forethought; not foreseeing or providing for the future; negligent; thoughtless; as, an improvident man. "Improvident soldiers! had your watch been good,
      This sudden mischief never could have fallen."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • improvident Not provident; wanting foresight; neglecting to provide for future needs or exigencies; unthrifty.
    • improvident Synonyms Imprudent, shiftless, careless, prodigal. See wisdom.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Improvident im-prov′i-dent not provident or prudent: wanting foresight: thoughtless
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. im-, not + provident,: cf. L. improvidus,. See Provident, and cf. Imprudent

Usage

In literature:

The Negroes were with few exceptions shiftless and improvident plantation laborers and renters.
"Booker T. Washington" by Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe
His Bill of 1797 for the relief of the poor and his Land Tax Commutation Act of 1798 are examples of improvident legislation.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
The Sailors' Home as an institution is not over-popular with seamen, especially with the more improvident of them.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
I was at first a little surprised to find the natives of the North so slow, indolent and improvident.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
There is, to be sure, an Alms House to catch all who, by misfortune or improvidence, fall through.
"Conflict of Northern and Southern Theories of Man and Society" by Henry Ward Beecher
What worries her most is the fatalism and improvidence of the poor.
"Stray Studies from England and Italy" by John Richard Greene
But the general was so improvident, and what could I do?
"As We Sweep Through The Deep" by Gordon Stables
He was not without success in the circus which he subsequently joined, but he was improvident.
"Marge Askinforit" by Barry Pain
As the days wore on, as famine came poking his skeleton form into the igloos of the improvident natives, the condition became truly serious.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
It is not low wages, then, which causes improvident habits.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
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In poetry:

The water-courses--open, unconfined
To his down-peering eye. Improvident
The bare fields lie in swart abandonment;
The hills their tresses thoughtlessly unbind
"An August Noon" by James Herbert Morse
Still, that is a virtue at St. Clements.
Look at Rose Archambault, the improvident minx!
As for Catharine–now, she's a woman of sense,
Though hard to please and near with the pence.
"Benedict Brosse" by Susie Frances Harrison
They will curse the generation
That has beggared them by stealth;
Curse the mad procrastination
That has robbed the land of wealth -
Wealth their foolish fathers spent,
Reckless and improvident.
"In Time" by C J Dennis