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1. Rashly or wastefully extravagant: prodigal expenditures on unneeded weaponry; a prodigal nephew who squandered his inheritance.
2. Giving or given in abundance; lavish or profuse: "the infinite number of organic beings with which the sea of the tropics, so prodigal of life, teems" (Charles Darwin). See Synonyms at profuse.
One who is given to wasteful luxury or extravagance.

[Late Middle English, probably back-formation from Middle English prodigalite, from Old French, from Late Latin prōdigālitās, from Latin prōdigus, prodigal, from prōdigere, to drive away, squander : prōd-, prō-, for, forth; see proud + agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

prod′i·gal′i·ty (-găl′ĭ-tē) n.
prod′i·gal·ly adv.
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Adv.1.prodigally - to a wasteful manner or to a wasteful degree; "we are still prodigally rich compared to others"
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(ˈprodigəl) adjective
spending (money etc) too extravagantly; wasteful.
ˈprodigally adverb
ˌprodiˈgality (-ˈgӕ-) noun
the prodigal son
1. a disobedient and irresponsible son who wastes money on a life of pleasure and later returns home to ask for his parents' forgiveness.
2. a person who acts irresponsibly and later regrets it.
References in classic literature ?
The bountiful gifts of health and strength, so prodigally heaped on her by Nature, so long abused with impunity, were failing her at last.
How gratefully he receives, how prodigally he repays, the cordial appreciation of an admiring world
What I was going to observe, my dear Madam,"--here the resolute Clump once more interposed with a bland air--"what I was going to observe when you gave utterance to sentiments which do you so much honour, was that I think you alarm yourself needlessly about our kind friend, and sacrifice your own health too prodigally in her favour.
Whatever resources are available, we should use those fairly and honestly, not prodigally.
On Wexford's smaller stage, Thaddeus Strassberger's prodigally inventive production seemed tighter, if occasionally more cramped; and he'd rethought the once-chaotic finale to happy advantage.
George Washington, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton in particular were dismayed to see the goodwill deposited into the account of union after the War for Independence being prodigally spent to quash internecine uprisings of Americans against Americans.
Disorders, Sir, and infirmities, there are-such disorders, that all attempts towards method, prudence, and frugality, will be perfectly vain, whilst a system of confusion remains, which is not only alien but adverse to all oeconomy; a system, which is not only prodigal in its very essence, but causes every thing else which belongs to it to be prodigally conducted.
MURDER, especially if the vast stream of fictional blood-lettings is taken into the reckoning, is surely the single subject, with, perhaps, the exception of theology, which has stimulated most prodigally the cacoethes scribendi.
But the rights and wrongs of the campaign waged by Bomber Command should have absolutely no bearing on a proposal to commemorate the young men who were so prodigally sacrificed to achieve the goals set by its single-minded, ruthless leader, the repellent Arthur 'Bomber' Harris.
In perhaps the most morally challenging--or prodigally compassionate--passage in either novel, Ames draws deeply from his own experience of passion and loss: