Foreseeing wants and making provision to supply them; prudent in preparing for future exigencies; cautious; economical; sometimes followed by of; as, aprovident man; an animal provident of the future. And of our good and of our dignity, How provident he is. (milton)
Origin: L. Providens, -entis, p. Pr. Of providere: cf. F. Provident. See Provide, and cf. Prudent.