Definition of profligate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈprɒflɪɡət//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːflɪɡət//
(formal, disapproving)
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using money, time, materials, etc. in a careless way synonym wasteful profligate spending the profligate use of resources The opposition criticized the government’s profligate spending plans. The report dismisses claims that the US is profligate in its use of energy. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘overthrown, routed’): from Latin profligatus ‘dissolute’, past participle of profligare ‘overthrow, ruin’, from pro- ‘forward, down’ + fligere ‘strike down’.
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