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Definition of "improvident" [im•prov•i•dent]

  • Not providing for the future; thriftless. (adjective)
  • Rash; incautious. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "improvident" in a sentence
  • "I do not like being asked to pay large sums of money for windfalls to the improvident, but given the choice between improvident families losing their homes and stock and bondholders in improvident banks, I know whose windfall I’d choose to hand my a share of my income to."
  • "After all, the wild Indians could not be justly termed improvident, when their manner of life is taken into consideration."
  • "How are the 'improvident' -- 'harum-scarums' to live if you are not present to minister to their wants -- upon the best of security? ""