Definition: Providence

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From Anglo-Norman providence, Middle French providence, and their source, Latin prōvidentia (providence, foresight), from the present participle of prōvidēre (to provide). Displaced native Old English foresċēawung.


providence (countable and uncountable, plural providences)

  1. The careful governance and guidance of God (or another deity, nature, etc.).
  2. A manifestation of divine care or direction; an instance of divine intervention.
  3. The prudent care and management of resources; thriftiness, frugality.
    His providence in saving for his old age is exemplary.

Related terms

  • Lake Providence
  • provident


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