(often initial capital letter) the foreseeing care and guidance of God or nature over the creatures of the earth.
(initial capital letter) God, especially when conceived as omnisciently directing the universe and the affairs of humankind with wise benevolence.
a manifestation of divine care or direction.
provident or prudent management of resources; prudence.
foresight; provident care.

1300–50; Middle English < Latin prōvidentia foresight, forethought. See provident, -ence Unabridged


a seaport in and the capital of Rhode Island, in the NE part, at the head of Narragansett Bay.

Rhode Island

a state of the NE United States, on the Atlantic coast: a part of New England. 1214 sq. mi. (3145 sq. km). Capital: providence. Abbreviation: RI (for use with zip code), R.I.

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providence (ˈprɒvɪdəns)
1.  a.  Christianity God's foreseeing protection and care of his creatures
 b.  such protection and care as manifest by some other force
2.  a supposed manifestation of such care and guidance
3.  the foresight or care exercised by a person in the management of his affairs or resources

Providence1 (ˈprɒvɪdəns)
Christianity God, esp as showing foreseeing care and protection of his creatures
[C14: via French from Latin prōvidēntia, from prōvidēre to provide; see provide, -ence]

Providence2 (ˈprɒvɪdəns)
a port in NE Rhode Island, capital of the state, at the head of Narragansett Bay: founded by Roger Williams in 1636. Pop: 176 365 (2003 est)

Rhode Island (rəʊd)
R.I, Abbreviations: RI a state of the northeastern US, bordering on the Atlantic: the smallest state in the US; mainly low-lying and undulating, with an indented coastline in the east and uplands in the northwest Capital: Providence. Pop: 1 076 164 (2003 est). Area: 2717 sq km (1049 sq miles)

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "foresight, prudent anticipation," from O.Fr. providence (12c.), from L. providentia "foresight, precaution," from providentem (nom. providens), prp. of providere (see provide). Providence (usually capitalized) "God as beneficient caretaker," first recorded c.1600.

Rhode Island
U.S. state, the region is traditionally said to have been named by It. explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano when he passed through in 1524, based on an imagined similarity between modern Block Island and the Greek Isle of Rhodes. More likely from Roodt Eylandt, the name Du. explorer Adriaen Block gave to
Block Island c.1614, lit. "red island," so called for the color of its soil. Under this theory, the name was altered by 17c. Eng. settlers by infl. of the Gk. island name, and then extended to the mainland part of the colony. Block Island later (by 1685) was renamed for the Du. explorer.
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Providence definition

Capital of Rhode Island and the largest city in the state, located in the northeastern part of the state.

Note: Port of entry and major trading center.
Note: Roger Williams founded Providence in the early seventeenth century after he was exiled from the colony of Massachusetts. He named it in gratitude for “God's merciful providence.”

Rhode Island definition

State in the northeastern United States; one of the New England states. Bordered by Massachusetts to the north and east, the Atlantic Ocean to the south, and Connecticut to the west. Its capital and largest city is Providence.

Note: One of the thirteen colonies.
Note: After he was banished from Massachusetts for speaking out in favor of religious toleration, Roger Williams established the first settlement in the area at Providence in the early seventeenth century.
Note: Rhode Island is the smallest state of the United States.
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Providence definition

literally means foresight, but is generally used to denote God's preserving and governing all things by means of second causes (Ps. 18:35; 63:8; Acts 17:28; Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3). God's providence extends to the natural world (Ps. 104:14; 135:5-7; Acts 14:17), the brute creation (Ps. 104:21-29; Matt. 6:26; 10:29), and the affairs of men (1 Chr. 16:31; Ps. 47:7; Prov. 21:1; Job 12:23; Dan. 2:21; 4:25), and of individuals (1 Sam. 2:6; Ps. 18:30; Luke 1:53; James 4:13-15). It extends also to the free actions of men (Ex. 12:36; 1 Sam. 24:9-15; Ps. 33:14, 15; Prov. 16:1; 19:21; 20:24; 21:1), and things sinful (2 Sam. 16:10; 24:1; Rom. 11:32; Acts 4:27, 28), as well as to their good actions (Phil. 2:13; 4:13; 2 Cor. 12:9, 10; Eph. 2:10; Gal. 5:22-25). As regards sinful actions of men, they are represented as occurring by God's permission (Gen. 45:5; 50:20. Comp. 1 Sam. 6:6; Ex. 7:13; 14:17; Acts 2:3; 3:18; 4:27, 28), and as controlled (Ps. 76:10) and overruled for good (Gen. 50:20; Acts 3:13). God does not cause or approve of sin, but only limits, restrains, overrules it for good. The mode of God's providential government is altogether unexplained. We only know that it is a fact that God does govern all his creatures and all their actions; that this government is universal (Ps. 103:17-19), particular (Matt. 10:29-31), efficacious (Ps. 33:11; Job 23:13), embraces events apparently contingent (Prov. 16:9, 33; 19:21; 21:1), is consistent with his own perfection (2 Tim. 2:13), and to his own glory (Rom. 9:17; 11:36).

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