[ 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 of provident

providently, adverb

Word Origin for provident

C15: from Latin prōvidens foreseeing, from prōvidēre to provide
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