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providence

[prov-i-duh ns]
noun
  1. (often initial capital letter) the foreseeing care and guidance of God or nature over the creatures of the earth.
  2. (initial capital letter) God, especially when conceived as omnisciently directing the universe and the affairs of humankind with wise benevolence.
  3. a manifestation of divine care or direction.
  4. provident or prudent management of resources; prudence.
  5. foresight; provident care.
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Origin of providence

1300–50; Middle English < Latin prōvidentia foresight, forethought. See provident, -ence

Providence

[prov-i-duh ns]
noun
  1. a seaport in and the capital of Rhode Island, in the NE part, at the head of Narragansett Bay.
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Related Words

goddeityguidanceprudenceforesighthusbandryprecautioneconomy

Examples from the Web for providences

Historical Examples

  • Thou wouldst wonder if thou knewest one half of my providences.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • It leaves itself to be conducted by God's providences and creatures.

    The Autobiography of Madame Guyon

    Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon

  • It is because we do not accept providences that providences hurt.

  • We must wait on His word and on His providences while they examine us all this week.

  • But this is not all that is worthy of note, in this strange chapter of Providences.


British Dictionary definitions for providences

providence

noun
    1. ChristianityGod's foreseeing protection and care of his creatures
    2. such protection and care as manifest by some other force
  1. a supposed manifestation of such care and guidance
  2. the foresight or care exercised by a person in the management of his affairs or resources
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Providence1

noun
  1. Christianity God, esp as showing foreseeing care and protection of his creatures
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Word Origin

C14: via French from Latin prōvidēntia, from prōvidēre to provide; see provide, -ence

Providence2

noun
  1. 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)
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Word Origin and History for providences

providence

n.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

providences in Culture

Providence

Capital of Rhode Island and the largest city in the state, located in the northeastern part of the state.

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Note

Port of entry and major trading center.

Note

Roger Williams founded Providence in the early seventeenth century after he was exiled from the colony of Massachusetts. He named it in gratitude for “God's merciful providence.”
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