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 improvident.

• 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

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