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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Providing for future needs or events.
  • adj. Frugal; economical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Possessing, exercising, or demonstrating great care and consideration for the future; foresightly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Foreseeing wants and making provision to supply them; prudent in preparing for future exigencies; cautious; economical; -- sometimes followed by of

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Foreseeing wants and making provision to supply them; forecasting; cautious; prudent in preparing for future exigencies; having an anticipatory perception of something: sometimes followed by of.
  • Frugal; economical.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. careful in regard to your own interests
  • adj. providing carefully for the future

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin prōvidēns, prōvident-, present participle of prōvidēre, to provide for; see provide.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin providens, providentis, p.pr. of providere: compare French provident. See provide, and compare prudent. (Wiktionary)

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