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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)

Synonym: forecasting, cautious, careful, prudent, frugal, economical.

Origin: L. Providens, -entis, p. Pr. Of providere: cf. F. Provident. See Provide, and cf. Prudent.