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Definition of prodigal adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    prodigal

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈprɑdɪɡl//
     
    (formal) (disapproving)
     
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  1. 1too willing to spend money or waste time, energy, or materials synonym extravagant
  2. 2 a prodigal administration
  3. Idioms
    the/a prodigal (son)
     
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    a person who leaves home and wastes their money and time on a life of pleasure, but who later is sorry about this and returns home
prodigality
 
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NAmE//ˌprɑdəˈɡælət̮i//
 
noun [uncountable] They criticized the prodigality of the administration.
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