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prodigal

adjective 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.

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As a nineteen year-old, I backpacked around Australia, crossing the Nullarbor and travelling from Perth to Darwin before returning home, the prodigal daughter returned.
AFTER returning from Bolivia - sorry, Brazil - prodigal daughter Sam Mitchell hissed: "Some fings never change.
Prices peaked at pounds 50,000, given by Peter Doyle Bloodstock for a colt out of Prodigal Daughter, now named Carnaby Street and in training with Richard Hannon.
But my story is also the story of the Prodigal Daughter returning home, of being welcomed back to the banquet table.
After two decades away, prodigal daughter Phil (Dervla Kirwan) returns from London for the funeral - but although the family home remains spookily similar, her siblings are all seriously disturbed.
In the lyrics, the daughter is also welcomed home, but that parental welcome is far more complicated than it was for her male counterpart: "When a girl goes home with the oats she's sown /It's draw your shades and your shutters /She's bringing such shame to the family name /The return of the prodigal daughter.
Flockhart stars as prodigal daughter Kitty, who returns to Los Angeles after spending years in New York becoming a famous right-wing radio commentator (any number of actresses could fulfill this role convincingly, but for some reason Flockhart got the part).
This new Bible includes: The Parable of the Prodigal Daughter, The Lady's Prayer, and other revised favorite passages, such as:
for the joyful moments they gave their eldest congregant and the solace they provided their prodigal daughter.
The prodigal daughter, now famous for radical moves called "skudges" and "pops" and "suicide dives," had returned, and in a cap and gown.
Nothing like the return of a prodigal daughter to mess things up.
Vera, in fact, is the novel's prodigal daughter, bringing about anti-heroine Lilian's final willingness both to remain alone in Rio and possibly to see more of the artist and Don Juanish Julio Dalori, behind husband Fabio's back.