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providence

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noun prov·i·dence \ˈprä-və-dən(t)s, -ˌden(t)s\

Definition of providence

  1. 1 a often capitalized :  divine guidance or care b capitalized :  God conceived as the power sustaining and guiding human destiny

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being provident



Examples of providence in a sentence

  1. <practicing its customary providence, the snowbound family was able to make the meager stores last until help arrived>

  2. <had the providence to lay in supplies before the storm hit>



Origin and Etymology of providence

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin providentia, from provident-, providens


First Known Use: 14th century


Providence

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geographical name Prov·i·dence \ˈprä-və-dən(t)s, -ˌden(t)s\

Definition of Providence

  1. city & port N Rhode Island, its ∗ pop 178,042




PROVIDENCE Defined for Kids

providence

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noun prov·i·dence \ˈprä-və-dəns\

Definition of providence for Students

  1. 1 often cap :  help or care from God or heaven

  2. 2 cap :  God as the guide and protector of all human beings

  3. 3 :  prudence, thrift




Providence

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geographical name Prov·i·dence \ˈpräv-əd-ən(t)s, -ə-ˌden(t)s\

Definition of Providence for Students

  1. city, capital of Rhode Island





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