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  1. having or showing foresight; providing carefully for the future.
  2. characterized by or proceeding from foresight: provident care.
  3. mindful in making provision (usually followed by of).
  4. economical; frugal; thrifty.

Origin of provident

1400–50; Middle English < Latin prōvident- (stem of prōvidēns), present participle of prōvidēre to look out for, provide
Related formsprov·i·dent·ly, adverbprov·i·dent·ness, nounnon·prov·i·dent, adjectivenon·prov·i·dent·ly, adverbo·ver·prov·i·dent, adjectiveo·ver·prov·i·dent·ly, adverbo·ver·prov·i·dent·ness, nounun·prov·i·dent, adjectiveun·prov·i·dent·ly, adverb

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  1. providing for future needs
  2. exercising foresight in the management of one's affairs or resources
  3. characterized by or proceeding from foresight
Derived Formsprovidently, adverb

Word Origin for provident

C15: from Latin prōvidens foreseeing, from prōvidēre to provide
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Word Origin and History for providently



c.1400, from Latin providentem (nominative providens) "foreseeing, prudent," present participle of providere "to foresee" (see provide).

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