improvident

Someone who is improvident doesn't worry about the future — or plan wisely for it. If you spend all your money on video games even though you know you have to buy your mom a birthday present next week, you have made an improvident decision.

In the adjective improvident, the prefix im- means "opposite" or "not." Provident comes from the Latin word providere, meaning "foresee, provide." Put that together and you get something that lacks foresight and consideration for the future, like an improvident town council that spends the whole budget on playground equipment, leaving nothing to cover the inevitable repairs to fire trucks or public restrooms.

Definitions of improvident
  1. adjective
    not provident; not providing for the future
    Synonyms:
    myopic, short, shortsighted, unforesightful
    lacking foresight or scope
    thriftless
    careless of the future
    unforethoughtful
    lacking forethought
    imprudent
    not prudent or wise
    wasteful
    tending to squander and waste
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    Antonyms:
    provident
    providing carefully for the future
    careful, thrifty
    mindful of the future in spending money
    farseeing, farsighted, foresighted, foresightful, long, longsighted, prospicient
    planning prudently for the future
    forehanded
    having provided for the future
    forethoughtful
    thoughtful of the future
    prudent
    careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment
    farsighted, presbyopic
    able to see distant objects clearly
    thrifty
    careful and diligent in the use of resources
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  2. adjective
    not given careful consideration
    synonyms: ill-considered, ill-judged, shortsighted
    imprudent
    not prudent or wise
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