Definition of provident in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɒvɪd(ə)nt/


Making or indicative of timely preparation for the future: she had learned to be provident
More example sentences
  • Yet, as Smiles observed, ‘No laws, however stringent, can make the idle industrious, the thriftless provident, or the drunken sober.’
  • Belladonna, I do not think it is prudent or provident to turn down this offer.
  • I allowed myself to plan out my life and didn't let provident direction guide my life.
prudent, far-sighted, judicious, shrewd, circumspect, forearmed, wise, sagacious, sensible, commonsensical, politic, cautious, careful, thrifty;
North American  forehanded
rare forethoughtful



Pronunciation: /ˈprɒvɪd(ə)ntli/
Example sentences
  • He proposed that, with respect to human evolutionary development, ‘what Nature does blindly, slowly and ruthlessly ‘- through natural selection - ‘man may do providently, quickly and kindly ‘- through controlled breeding.’
  • Living providently, he reached ninety years of age.


Late Middle English: from Latin provident- 'foreseeing, attending to', from the verb providere (see provide).

Words that rhyme with provident


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