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Definition not provident; not providing for the future or without careful consideration
  • Her parents worked hard, but were improvident.
  • But I also spoke to you of a certain extravagance in the female blood of this family. Something willful. Improvident.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • improvident = not providing for the future; or impulsive (not giving careful consideration)
  • Besides, if your father saved money, and the others were improvident, he deserved to make a fortune.
    Shaw, George Bernard  --  An Unsocial Socialist
  • She found, to her dismay, that this was owing to their having eaten all the seed potatoes,——that last lapse of the improvident.
    Hardy, Thomas  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles - A Pure Woman
  • I do not deny that he is improvident.
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
  • I wonder he should be so improvident in a point of such common, such natural, concern
    Austen, Jane  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • They had a large family, and they were very improvident and cheerful.
    Potter, Beatrix  --  The Original Peter Rabbit Books
  • She found, to her dismay, that this was owing to their having eaten all the seed potatoes,—that last lapse of the improvident.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • She kept them secret from her father, whose improvidence was the cause of much of her misery.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Their improvidence is habitual and unconquerable.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • —I wonder he should be so improvident in a point of such common, such natural, concern!
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • It takes no spectacles to see that a great class of vicious, improvident, degraded people, among us, are an evil to us, as well as to themselves.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • An old ragged black man, honest, simple, and improvident, told us the tale.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • He scorned the improvident, and now the improvident would be just as good as the careful, the sound, the thrifty.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • And you know what their improvidence is, ma'am.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Who says this is improvident jealousy?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • But I'm improvident: I live in the moment when I'm happy."
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • The security of all would thus be subjected to the parsimony, improvidence, or inability of a part.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Here was another illustration of the childlike improvidence of this age and people.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • I do not deny that he is improvident.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield

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