Definition of improvident in English:



  • Not having or showing foresight; spendthrift or thoughtless:

    ‘improvident and undisciplined behaviour’
    • ‘Hobbling creditors means that interest rates rise permanently, to the sober and honest as well as the improvident; but why should the former be taxed to subsidize the latter?’
    • ‘No evidence was adduced to show that this was an improvident sale.’
    • ‘No evidence is found that would suggest in all the circumstances that the transaction was intently improvident or fraudulent.’
    • ‘While damages may be the remedy in an action for improvident sale, following disposal those damages cannot be measured without a benchmark of value consistent with commercial reasonability.’
    • ‘Lily is spoiled, pleasure-loving, and has one of those society mothers who are as improvident as a tornado.’
    • ‘Now that our government has implicated us in this regrettable, improvident and illegal war - we are obliged to make a substantial commitment to reconstruction.’
    • ‘Or put another way, it's stealing from tomorrow to make up for the improvident ways of today.’
    • ‘It was held that notwithstanding the solicitor's lapses leading to the pretrial, they did not, alone or in combination, amount to egregious error, nor was the plaintiff's settlement improvident.’
    • ‘No. Unless the court expressly reserved authority to do so in its order, the court can only reduce the fee if it is improvident as a result of an event that was not capable of being anticipated at the time of the order.’
    • ‘It is a matter of irrelevance, at least to me, whether the grant was improvident or no.’
    • ‘The wives are greedy and the men, in the absence of any well-regulated women, are recklessly improvident.’
    • ‘Many people of normal capacity make improvident and unwise decisions in business matters.’
    • ‘He had hoped it would bring him money and social position, but Emily's father ties up her fortune, and Lopez is revealed as an improvident adventurer.’
    • ‘Theodore was born at Port Adelaide into the large and improvident family of a Romanian father and English - Irish mother.’
    • ‘This well illustrates that even the best regulated national fisheries are not immune to improvident policies motivated by short-term social and political concerns.’
    • ‘Born in London in 1914 and educated at private schools, he never knew his father and grew up in lodgings with a mother who was as improvident as she was unpresentable.’
    • ‘This bill proposes to create a civil action for the improvident transfer of property by a vulnerable adult.’
    • ‘Consequently, early versions of the installment plan were dismissed as the folly of the improvident poor, immigrants, and women.’
    • ‘But this, too, is true: Every improvident loan requires an improvident borrower to seek and accept it.’
    • ‘Henry VI proved to be improvident, malleable, vacillating, partisan, uninterested in the arts of government, and, above all, antipathetic to the chivalric world his ancestors had adorned.’
    spendthrift, thriftless, unthrifty, wasteful, prodigal, profligate, extravagant, squandering, uneconomical, free-spending, lavish, immoderate, excessive
    shiftless, feckless
    imprudent, irresponsible, incautious, careless, reckless, rash, impetuous, hasty, thoughtless
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