Origin of improvidentfrom Classical Latin improvidus from in-, not + providus, foreseeing, cautious + providere: see provide
An example of something improvident is buying a very large house that may be difficult to afford in a few years; an improvident purchase.
- Not providing for the future; thriftless.
- Rash; incautious.
(comparative more improvident, superlative most improvident)
From the Latin improvidens; in- + provident
- The Malays are indolent, pleasure-loving, improvident beyond belief, fond of bright clothing, of comfort, of ease, and they dislike toil exceedingly.
- They are for the most part, when left to their own resources, cruel, unjust, selfish and improvident.
- Much splendid timber has been needlessly destroyed, chiefly by forest-fires, but also by improvident farmers in their haste to clear the land.
- The simple system of rural economy is entirely based upon the dealings of this man, whom it is the fashion sometimes to decry as a usurer, but who is really the one thrifty person among an improvident population.
- Though not destitute of good impulses Lancaster was hasty, improvident and obstinate; he was unfortunate in his choice of friends, for he allied himself to all his fathers unscrupulous dependents.