A Word A Day : Improvident





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

Improvident



( Adjective )




Pronunciation : im-provvi-dnt


Definition:



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


Etymology:


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


Synonyms:


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


Antonyms:


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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