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prodigaladjective careless, dissipated, dissipative, excessive, extravagant, heedless, immoderate, imprudent, intemperate, lavish, liberal, profligate, reckless, spendthrift, squandering, thriftless, unbridled, uneconomical, unrestrained, unthrifty, wanton, wasteful
See also: dissolute, generous, improvident, inordinate, liberal, needless, portentous, profligate, profuse, superfluous, unrestrained
PRODIGAL, civil law, persons. Prodigals were persons who, though of full
age, were incapable of managing their affairs, and of the obligations which
attended them, in consequence of their bad conduct, and for whom a curator
was therefore appointed.
2. In Pennsylvania, by act of assembly, an habitual drunkard is deprived of the management of his affairs, when he wastes his property, and his estate is placed in the bands of a committee.