V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: not provident or not planning for or anticipating the future--careless or wasteful
Synonyms: unwise, short-sighted, spendthrift, wasteful
Antonyms: provident, careful, frugal
Tips: Wasting money or spending money lavishly without regard for the future is considered improvident. The Latin stem provident means “foreseeing,” so when you add the negative im-, "not," it means "not foreseeing the future." Improvident often refers specifically to a failure to set aside money for the future.
It is improvident not to set aside part of your income for your retirement. (unwise, short-sighted)
The mother worried about her improvident son, who never seemed to worry about what he would do or how he would provide for himself in the future. (short-sighted, wasteful)
He had to cover the debt of his improvident uncle. (spendthrift)
Unfortunately, my parents were improvident when it came to my college education, so I have to get a scholarship and work two jobs to pay for my tuition. (short-sighted, unwise)
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