[ prov-i-duhnt ]
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  1. having or showing foresight; providing carefully for the future.

  2. characterized by or proceeding from foresight: provident care.

  1. mindful in making provision (usually followed by of).

  2. economical; frugal; thrifty.

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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Opposites for provident

Other words from provident

  • prov·i·dent·ly, adverb
  • prov·i·dent·ness, noun
  • non·prov·i·dent, adjective
  • non·prov·i·dent·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·prov·i·dent, adjective
  • o·ver·prov·i·dent·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·prov·i·dent·ness, noun
  • un·prov·i·dent, adjective
  • un·prov·i·dent·ly, adverb

Words Nearby provident Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use provident in a sentence

  • At this moment the conference was cut short by Mrs. Scudders provident footstep on the garret stairs.

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  • No wonder that provident parents circumvent such a common law by a settlement before marriage!

British Dictionary definitions for provident


/ (ˈprɒvɪdənt) /

  1. providing for future needs

  2. exercising foresight in the management of one's affairs or resources

  1. characterized by or proceeding from foresight

Origin of provident

C15: from Latin prōvidens foreseeing, from prōvidēre to provide

Derived forms of provident

  • providently, adverb

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