unprovided

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

un- +‎ provided

Adjective[edit]

unprovided (comparative more unprovided, superlative most unprovided)

  1. Not provided; not supplied or equipped; unprepared.
    • 1579, Edmund Spenser, The Shepheardes Calender, Maye, lines 113-116,[1], [2]
      The shepheards God so wel them guided,
      That of nought they were unprovided,
      Butter enough, honye, milke, and whay,
      And their flockes fleeces, them to araye.
    • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, Act III, Scene 2,[3]
      Why, sir, you know this is your wedding-day.
      First were we sad, fearing you would not come;
      Now sadder, that you come so unprovided.
      Fie, doff this habit, shame to your estate,
      An eye-sore to our solemn festival!
    • 1697, Aphra Behn, The Adventure of the Black Lady,[4]
      Mean while, if you are unprovided of a Lodging, I dare undertake, you shall be welcome to this Gentlewoman.
    • 1818, Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey, Chapter 23,[5]
      Miss Tilney, understanding in part her friend’s curiosity to see the house, soon revived the subject; and her father being, contrary to Catherine’s expectations, unprovided with any pretence for further delay [] was at last ready to escort them.
    • 1934, George Orwell, Burmese Days, Chapter 1,[6]
      Perhaps it is an oversight on Mr Macgregor’s part that he has left these young infants quite unprovided for, and that some of their mothers are in danger of starvation []