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[prov-i-duh nt] /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
Related forms
providently, adverb
providentness, noun
nonprovident, adjective
nonprovidently, adverb
overprovident, adjective
overprovidently, adverb
overprovidentness, noun
unprovident, adjective
unprovidently, adverb
1. cautious, prudent.
1. careless. Unabridged
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  • A thought, a provident thought, now struck Fisher; for even he had some foresight where his favourite passion was concerned.

    The Parent's Assistant Maria Edgeworth
  • The squirrel is provident, but no more so than he is fastidious in the choice of his food.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • God has endowed us with some degree of foresight, and has thus made us provident beings.

    The Theistic Conception of the World B. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker
  • It is well to be provident and I'd paid for my meal in more than money.

  • As soon as the chickens could nimbly walk the provident hen led them to the rear of the college kitchen to be properly fed.

  • However, we are not a provident race, and we are not likely to become one.

    Mental Efficiency Arnold Bennett
  • "Bell Brumm ain't one of the provident sort," dissented Mrs. Cross.

    Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles Mrs. Henry Wood
  • There was in this youth a noiseless sagacity that seemed ever provident for Harold.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Nature is provident, and like Divine Providence, works in "mysterious ways," and with an aim to achieve ultimate results.

    Nature and Culture Harvey Rice
British Dictionary definitions for provident


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
C15: from Latin prōvidens foreseeing, from prōvidēre to provide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for provident

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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