Sentence: The United States is particularly profligate. When oil prices rose, speculators bought huge tracts to grow corn for biofuel. Corn takes three times more water than sorghum but fetches a higher price. Pivotal irrigator hoses project streams that allow farmers to squander hundreds, or thousands, of gallons per minute. (Source: nytimes.com)
Meaning: Recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources; Licentious; Immoral
How To Remember?
If you spend profusely as if you had money like Bill Gates, you would be a profligate!
Wasteful; Extravagant; Spendthrift; Improvident; Prodigal; Immoderate; Excessive.
Thrifty; Frugal; Moral; Upright.
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