- (often initial capital letter) the foreseeing care and guidance of God or nature over the creatures of the earth.
- (initial capital letter) God, especially when conceived as omnisciently directing the universe and the affairs of humankind with wise benevolence.
- a manifestation of divine care or direction.
- provident or prudent management of resources; prudence.
- foresight; provident care.
Origin of providence
- a seaport in and the capital of Rhode Island, in the NE part, at the head of Narragansett Bay.
- a state of the NE United States, on the Atlantic coast: a part of New England. 1214 sq. mi. (3145 sq. km). Capital: Providence. Abbreviation: RI (for use with zip code), R.I.
Examples from the Web for providence
“Basically, I was contacted and asked if an appeal could be opened on my behalf,” she told me from her home in Providence.The Insurance Company Promised a Gender Reassignment. Then They Made a Mistake.
December 29, 2014
Buddy Cianci knows the soul of Providence—and voters apparently know the ex-mayor a little too well to forgive and forget.Former Providence Mayor & Ex-Con Buddy Cianci's Redemption Tour Goes Bust
November 4, 2014
That crazy image stayed in my mind all the way up from Washington on a train, which I fell out of in Providence, R.I.My Time on the Set of 'Jaws,' or How to Get a Photo of a Frickin' Mechanical Shark
August 17, 2014
The ex-convict mayor of Providence, Rhode Island is coming back for more.Ex-Con, Ex-Mayor Buddy Cianci Wants His Old Job Back
June 25, 2014
To hear Cianci tell it, in the last 13 years Providence is a city that has gone to seed.Can America’s Favorite Ex-Con Mayor Win Again?
June 22, 2014
Providence has a hand in this, as in all other sublunary dispensations.
The lover wrestled with Providence for his foreshadowed bliss.The Hall of Fantasy (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Did not the providence of the world ordain that not a few should go unmarried?Weighed and Wanting
Not, of course, that he put it that way, or that he was making terms with Providence.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Fate played into his hands without doubt, but Fate was not Providence.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- ChristianityGod's foreseeing protection and care of his creatures
- such protection and care as manifest by some other force
- a supposed manifestation of such care and guidance
- the foresight or care exercised by a person in the management of his affairs or resources
- Christianity God, esp as showing foreseeing care and protection of his creatures
- a port in NE Rhode Island, capital of the state, at the head of Narragansett Bay: founded by Roger Williams in 1636. Pop: 176 365 (2003 est)
- a state of the northeastern US, bordering on the Atlantic: the smallest state in the US; mainly low-lying and undulating, with an indented coastline in the east and uplands in the northwest Capital: Providence. Pop: 1 076 164 (2003 est). Area: 2717 sq km (1049 sq miles)Abbreviations: R.I, (with zip code) RI
Word Origin and History for providence
late 14c., "foresight, prudent anticipation," from Old French providence "divine providence, foresight" (12c.) and directly from Latin providentia "foresight, precaution, foreknowledge," from providentem (nominative providens), present participle of providere (see provide).
Providence (usually capitalized) "God as beneficent caretaker," first recorded c.1600, from earlier use of the word for "God's beneficient care or guidance" (14c.), short for divine providence, etc. The noun in Latin occasionally had a similar sense.
U.S. state, the region is traditionally said to have been named by Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano when he passed through in 1524, based on an imagined similarity between modern Block Island and the Greek Isle of Rhodes. More likely from Roodt Eylandt, the name Dutch explorer Adriaen Block gave to Block Island c.1614, literally "red island," so called for the color of its cliffs. Under this theory, the name was altered by 17c. English settlers by influence of the Greek island name (see Rhodes), and then extended to the mainland part of the colony. Block Island later (by 1685) was renamed for the Dutch explorer.
Capital of Rhode Island and the largest city in the state, located in the northeastern part of the state.