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.

Usage Examples:

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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