One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Not providential; not relating to or governed by the operation of Providence; (now chiefly) unfortunate, unlucky, inopportune.
2Characterized by improvidence; lacking foresight or regard for the future; improvident.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Robert Leighton (bap. 1612, d. 1684), archbishop of Glasgow. From im- + providential.
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