- The definition of improvident is not thinking about the future, especially concerning money.
An example of something improvident is buying a very large house that may be difficult to afford in a few years; an improvident purchase.
Origin: from Classical Latin improvidus from in-, not plush providus, foreseeing, cautious plush providere: see provide
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- Not providing for the future; thriftless.
- Rash; incautious.
- im·provˈi·dence noun
- im·provˈi·dent·ly adverb