• (British) IPA: /ˈpɹɒvɪdəns/


  1. (now rare) Preparation for the future; good governance, foresight. [from 14th c.]
  2. The careful governance and guidance of God (or another deity, nature etc.). [from 14th c.]
  3. A manifestation of divine care or direction; an instance of divine intervention. [from 16th c.]
    • 1971, Keith Thomas (historian), Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 91:
      The idea was that a complete list of fully documented providences should be compiled as a cooperative venture which would cross denominational barriers.
  4. Specifically, the prudent care and management of resources; thriftiness, frugality. [from 17th c.]
    His providence in saving for his old age is exemplary.
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Proper noun
  1. Divine care or direction, the will of God or the gods; fate.
  2. A city in Rhode Island, the.
  3. A city in Kentucky.
  4. A city in Utah.
  5. A town in Alabama.
  6. A town in New York.
  • German: Vorsehung
  • Russian: Провидение
  • French: Providence
  • German: Providence
  • Russian: Провиденс
  • Spanish: Providence

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