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
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adj 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
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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adj not given careful consideration

Synonyms:
ill-considered, ill-judged, shortsighted
imprudent
not prudent or wise

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