- Homesteaders saving food in cans for the winter is an example of providence.
- Managing a large family on a small budget is an example of providence.
- The miraculous recovery of a sick relative may be an example of divine providence.
The definition of providence is preparations for the future, frugal management, or divine power.
- a looking to, or preparation for, the future; provision
- skill or wisdom in management; prudence
- the care or benevolent guidance of God or nature
- an instance of this
- God, as the guiding power of the universe
Origin of providenceMiddle English ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin providentia, foresight ; from providens: see provident
capital of R.I., on Narragansett Bay
Origin of Providencenamed by Roger Williams
- Care or preparation in advance; foresight.
- Prudent management; economy.
- The care, guardianship, and control exercised by a deity; divine direction: “Some sought the key to history in the working of divine providence” (William Ebenstein).
- Providence God.
The capital and largest city of Rhode Island, in the northeast part of the state on Narragansett Bay. It was founded by Roger Williams in 1636 as a haven for religious dissenters and became prosperous as a port in the 1700s. Providence was joint capital with Newport until 1900.
(countable and uncountable, plural providences)
- (now rare) Preparation for the future; good governance, foresight. [from 14th c.]
- The careful governance and guidance of god (another deity, nature etc.). [from 14th c.]
- A manifestation of divine care or direction; an instance of divine intervention. [from 16th c.]
- Specifically, the prudent care and management of resources; thriftiness, frugality. [from 17th c.]
- His providence in saving for his old age is exemplary.