[ prov-i-duhnt ]
/ ˈprɒv ɪ dənt /


having or showing foresight; providing carefully for the future.
characterized by or proceeding from foresight: provident care.
mindful in making provision (usually followed by of).
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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British Dictionary definitions for provident


/ (ˈprɒvɪdənt) /


providing for future needs
exercising foresight in the management of one's affairs or resources
characterized by or proceeding from foresight

Derived Forms

providently, adverb

Word Origin for provident

C15: from Latin prōvidens foreseeing, from prōvidēre to provide
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