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1. Not providing for the future; thriftless.
2. Rash; incautious.

im·prov′i·dence n.
im·prov′i·dent·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.improvidently - in an improvident manner; "he lived improvidently for the moment"
providently - in a provident manner; "providently, he had saved up some money for emergencies"


[ɪmˈprɒvɪdəntlɪ] ADVimpróvidamente
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He was gone immediately; and Emma soon saw him standing before Miss Fairfax, and talking to her; but as to its effect on the young lady, as he had improvidently placed himself exactly between them, exactly in front of Miss Fairfax, she could absolutely distinguish nothing.
Not to confer in each case a degree of power commensurate to the end, would be to violate the most obvious rules of prudence and propriety, and improvidently to trust the great interests of the nation to hands which are disabled from managing them with vigor and success.
497, 497 (1971) (writ of certiorari dismissed as improvidently granted).
223) The Supreme Court granted the case a writ of certiorari and then dismissed it as improvidently granted.
See Greg Reilly, Improvidently Granted: Why the En Banc Federal Circuit Chose the Wrong Claim Construction Issue, 80 U.
cases the Court dismissed as improvidently granted between 1954 and
Water and sewage system was improvidently planned in the past.
As Professor Hathaway notes, "[t]he Chief Justice thus has the power to add alternatives for the other Justices to consider (for example, by raising the possibility of dismissing a case as improvidently granted or putting forward a jurisdictional concern) and may thereby alter the holding of the case.
We are pleased by the decision of the Delaware Supreme Court today, which did more than dismiss Cooper's appeal; the court decided the appeal was improvidently granted in the first place," Apollo said in a statement on Tuesday.
The Hungarian revolution we perhaps improvidently encouraged, but Eisenhower said: Be that as it may, that did not obligate us to intervene, we can't do it, can't get there from here.
In foreign policy, too, he luxuriates in acting, as most modern presidents have improvidently done, without the tiresome persuasion required to earn congressional ratifications.

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