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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.
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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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Historical Examples of providently

  • The Doctor had providently brought a flask of brandy in his pocket.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 74, December, 1863


  • I drew a panorama of the northern mountains, while Rehim Ali munched a piece of bread which he had providently brought with him.

  • So she told her scheme to Vidúshaka, and providently gave him her ring, and then disappeared at the close of the night.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara

    Somadeva Bhatta

  • There they remained till the 10th, and must have famished, had they not providently found some salt fish upon the island.

  • He can barely mean, that a condition of drowsihead is other than providently warned by laughter of friends.

British Dictionary definitions for providently


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