- (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.
Related Words for providencesgod, deity, guidance, prudence, foresight, husbandry, precaution, economy
Examples from the Web for providences
Historical Examples of providences
Thou wouldst wonder if thou knewest one half of my providences.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
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.Expositions of Holy Scripture
We must wait on His word and on His providences while they examine us all this week.Bunyan Characters - Third Series
But this is not all that is worthy of note, in this strange chapter of Providences.
- 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
Word Origin for Providence
- 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)
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.
Capital of Rhode Island and the largest city in the state, located in the northeastern part of the state.