Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The lack of provision, a failure to provide something.
  • n. The act of improvising, or something improvised; improvisation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Improvidence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Want of forecast; improvidence.

Etymologies

From im- +‎ provision. (Wiktionary)
From improvise +‎ -ion. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Just about every supporting player is hailed for their "improvision" abilities and ability to "freak" their roles.

    A.V. Club

  • It would be helpful of course if the U.N. Emergency Force could be set up on a permanent stand-by basis to avoid improvision in emergencies.

    The Future of Canadian Defence in the Nuclear Era

  • Amid this scene an insane woman was wandering, blithely singing little songs of her own improvision about the earthquake and the killing.

    Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror

  • It was an Eskimo coat, tied into the form of a bag, and in the bottom of this improvision was a lump half the size of a water pail.

    The Golden Snare

  • Bang! sounded a new improvision on the sadly battered pail, and to a new step Jimmy flashed back and forth the length of the saloon.

    At the Foot of the Rainbow

  • So it wouldn't mess with anything matching up at all, because it would always look for the original filename, but if it's results return nothing; it does a little improvision to hopefully find the best result.

    MacUpdate - Mac OS X

  • Rules and process seem more important than improvision.

    Logic+Emotion

  • He stoutly supports cost-benefit analysis to assess regulations "despite its improvision and the ease with which it is manipulated to achieved prefered policy outcomes … He supports the

    FrontPage Magazine

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