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[prov-i-duh nt] /ˈprɒv ɪ dənt/
having or showing foresight; providing carefully for the future.
characterized by or proceeding from foresight:
provident care.
mindful in making provision (usually followed by of).
economical; frugal; thrifty.
Origin of provident
1400-50; Middle English < Latin prōvident- (stem of prōvidēns), present participle of prōvidēre to look out for, provide
Related forms
providently, adverb
providentness, noun
nonprovident, adjective
nonprovidently, adverb
overprovident, adjective
overprovidently, adverb
overprovidentness, noun
unprovident, adjective
unprovidently, adverb
1. cautious, prudent.
1. careless. Unabridged
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  • Mr. Weston had not been a rich man, nor had he been a far-seeing, provident man.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • Some of the provident produced bottles of oil of pennyroyal.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • The squirrel is provident, but no more so than he is fastidious in the choice of his food.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • It is well to be provident and I'd paid for my meal in more than money.

  • However, we are not a provident race, and we are not likely to become one.

    Mental Efficiency Arnold Bennett
  • There was in this youth a noiseless sagacity that seemed ever provident for Harold.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • One of the prelates said, That even his provident will is not to be resisted.

  • The perils of the past two years had made him cool and provident.

    In the Morning of Time Charles G. D. Roberts
  • If so, it will be harder for him to be provident, business-like.

British Dictionary definitions for provident


providing for future needs
exercising foresight in the management of one's affairs or resources
characterized by or proceeding from foresight
Derived Forms
providently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin prōvidens foreseeing, from prōvidēre to provide
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Word Origin and History for provident

c.1400, from Latin providentem (nominative providens) "foreseeing, prudent," present participle of providere "to foresee" (see provide).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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