Adjective "profligate" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources.
  1. 'Though initially aimed at profligate Italy, the actual culprits were Germany and France, which have been running big deficits over the last three years as their economies flirted with recession.'
  2. 'We owe it to our children and our children's children and to those in developing countries disadvantaged today by our profligate and extravagant Western lifestyles to be more environmentally responsible.'
  3. 'Why, runs the argument, should these countries deny themselves electricity, heat and transport simply to support the profligate consumption of rich Europeans, Australians and Americans?'
  4. 'How, in all good conscience, do we say ‘no’ to climate change refugees who point at our profligate use of energy that contributed to their plight?'
  5. 'Manifestly, America's bubble economy of the late 1990s had its center in the most profligate consumer borrowing and spending binge in history.'
  6. 'However, they are also getting cheap household and other labor, plus an excuse to avoid cutting back on profligate consumption and waste.'
  7. 'Dismissing conservation as a low priority is dangerous in that it will encourage a profligate use of natural resources and a lack of concern about the current human destruction of the Earth.'
  8. 'Unfortunately, the extent of the downswing will be proportional to boom-time excesses, and the profligate consumer sector will be forced to retrench.'
  9. 'Korea, he says, must tackle the environmental crisis brought on by its profligate consumption of fossil fuels.'
  10. 'Global warming and its consequences are almost certainly the result of our profligate fossil-fuel consumption, and it is already happening.'
Licentious; dissolute.
  1. 'In Northern Europe, they'll deny you a discharge if they think you ran up the original debt in a profligate or immoral fashion.'


A licentious, dissolute person.
  1. 'White, blue, purple, and scarlet were the colors of the gods, priests, profligates, saints and monarchs, either in combination or singularly.'
  2. 'The profligates that biologists call stem cells have their own secret for staying young: run away and hide in a place far from the machinations of transcription factors with an eye on your genes.'
  3. 'By so doing, these programs both protect the profligate against the effects of their myopia and insure that everyone contributes to helping such persons.'

More definitions

1. utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated; thoroughly dissolute.

2. recklessly prodigal or extravagant. noun

3. a profligate person.

More examples(as adjective)

"versions can be profligate with clues."

"people can be profligate in generosities."

"natures can be profligate in numbers."

"manufacturers can be profligate in uses."

"doctors can be profligate in uses."

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Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘overthrown, routed’): from Latin profligatus ‘dissolute’, past participle of profligare ‘overthrow, ruin’, from pro- ‘forward, down’ + fligere ‘strike down’.