Definition of improvident in English:



  • Not having or showing foresight; spendthrift or thoughtless.

    ‘improvident and undisciplined behavior’
    • ‘Theodore was born at Port Adelaide into the large and improvident family of a Romanian father and English - Irish mother.’
    • ‘Many people of normal capacity make improvident and unwise decisions in business matters.’
    • ‘Or put another way, it's stealing from tomorrow to make up for the improvident ways of today.’
    • ‘It is a matter of irrelevance, at least to me, whether the grant was improvident or no.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lily is spoiled, pleasure-loving, and has one of those society mothers who are as improvident as a tornado.’
    • ‘No evidence is found that would suggest in all the circumstances that the transaction was intently improvident or fraudulent.’
    • ‘This bill proposes to create a civil action for the improvident transfer of property by a vulnerable adult.’
    • ‘But this, too, is true: Every improvident loan requires an improvident borrower to seek and accept it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This well illustrates that even the best regulated national fisheries are not immune to improvident policies motivated by short-term social and political concerns.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘The wives are greedy and the men, in the absence of any well-regulated women, are recklessly improvident.’
    • ‘Consequently, early versions of the installment plan were dismissed as the folly of the improvident poor, immigrants, and women.’
    • ‘No evidence was adduced to show that this was an improvident sale.’
    • ‘Now that our government has implicated us in this regrettable, improvident and illegal war - we are obliged to make a substantial commitment to reconstruction.’
    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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