A Word A Day : Improvident

Tuesday, 6th May 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : im-provvi-dnt


1. failing to put money aside or give any thought to the future

2. reckless, especially in the use of material resources

3. characterized by unthinking boldness and haste


15th century - im + provident - or - late Latin - improvident


brash, foolhardy, harum-scarum, hasty, headlong, hotheaded, ill-considered, impetuous, impulsive, incautious, madcap, precipitant, precipitate, rash, reckless, slapdash, temerarious, unconsidered, thriftless, unthrifty


careful, cautious, miserly, provident, thrifty

Contextual Examples:

• All things will be clear and distinct to the man who does not hurry. Haste is blind and

• They had a large family and they were very
improvident and cheerful.

• Her majesty took a great dislike at the
improvident. behavior of many of the ministers and readers.

• Some of them retained a little of the thrift and forethought of the civilized man, and became wealthy among their
improvident. neighbors.

Related Words:

improvidence : Noun

improvidently : Adverb

Enjoy this list and then get around for preparing your own list of words. There is no better way of boosting your words power. The most effective way to build your vocabulary is described in the page on Word Power. Educational research has discovered that your I.Q. is intimately related to your Word Power. Take a standard Vocabulary test and then an intelligent test, the result in both will be substantially the same. The more extensive your vocabulary, the better your chances of success, other things being equal- success in attaining your educational goals, success in moving ahead in your business or professional career, success in achieving your intellectual potential.

Previous Word| Next Word

A Word A Day Index

From Improvident to HOME PAGE