from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Care or preparation in advance; foresight.
- n. Prudent management; economy.
- n. 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).
- n. God.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The prudent care and management of resources.
- n. The careful guardianship exercised by a deity.
- n. A manifestation of divine care or direction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of providing or preparing for future use or application; a making ready; preparation.
- n. Foresight; care; especially, the foresight and care which God manifests for his creatures; hence, God himself, regarded as exercising a constant wise prescience.
- n. A manifestation of the care and superintendence which God exercises over his creatures; an event ordained by divine direction.
- n. Prudence in the management of one's concerns; economy; frugality.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Foresight; timely care or preparation.
- n. Frugality; prudence in the management of one's concerns; economy.
- n. The care and guardianship of God over his creatures; divine supervision.
- n. Hence [capitalized] God, regarded as exercising forecast, care, and direction for and over his creatures; the divine power and direction.
- n. Something due to an act of providential intervention; an act or event in which the care of God is directly exhibited.
- n. Synonyms and Prudence, Discretion, etc. See wisdom.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a manifestation of God's foresightful care for his creatures
- n. the capital and largest city of Rhode Island; located in northeastern Rhode Island on Narragansett Bay; site of Brown University
- n. the prudence and care exercised by someone in the management of resources
- n. the guardianship and control exercised by a deity
From Old French providence, from Latin prōvidentia ("providence, foresight"). (Wiktionary)