improvidence

Definitions

  • Improvident Man
    Improvident Man
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n improvidence a lack of prudence and care by someone in the management of resources
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Improvidence The quality of being improvident; lack of foresight or thrift. "The improvidence of my neighbor must not make me inhuman."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n improvidence The quality of being improvident; lack of providence or foresight; thriftlessness.
    • n improvidence Synonyms Imprudence, carelessness, thoughtlessness, shiftlessness, unthrift. See wisdom.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. improvidentia,; OF. improvidence,. Cf. Imprudence

Usage

In literature:

They also resist very well the privations to which they are sometimes subjected by their own improvidence.
"My Friends the Savages" by Giovanni Battista Cerruti
This success we affect to regard as an undeserved reward bestowed by Providence on improvidence.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
It encourages, or at least excuses, wastefulness, improvidence, profligacy, and drunkenness.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
Is his father shiftless, lazy, improvident?
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
I believe, me, strong-strong in the improvidence, yes.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
Did he not incarnate the great Jewish gospel of the improvident lilies?
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
The majority of the people are unstable, thriftless improvident and ignorant.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 38, No. 01, January, 1884" by Various
His name is Paganini; he is very improvident and very poor.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various
But there were always some improvident ones, who never had a supply ahead, but were always in straights for grub.
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
But these lawless adventurers were as improvident as they were vicious and idle.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
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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