Origin of provident
1400–50; Middle English < Latin prōvident- (stem of prōvidēns), present participle of prōvidēre to look out for, provide
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1. cautious, prudent.
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Examples from the Web for providently
The Doctor had providently brought a flask of brandy in his pocket.
I drew a panorama of the northern mountains, while Rehim Ali munched a piece of bread which he had providently brought with him.Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 1 (of 2)
So she told her scheme to Vidúshaka, and providently gave him her ring, and then disappeared at the close of the night.The Kath Sarit Sgara
There they remained till the 10th, and must have famished, had they not providently found some salt fish upon the island.The Lyon in Mourning, Vol. 1
He can barely mean, that a condition of drowsihead is other than providently warned by laughter of friends.The Amazing Marriage, Complete
- providing for future needs
- exercising foresight in the management of one's affairs or resources
- characterized by or proceeding from foresight
C15: from Latin prōvidens foreseeing, from prōvidēre to provide
Word Origin and History for providently
c.1400, from Latin providentem (nominative providens) "foreseeing, prudent," present participle of providere "to foresee" (see provide).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper