providence

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

Definition of providence

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

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Origin and Etymology of providence

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


Providence

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

Definition of Providence

city in northern Rhode Island that is the state capital and a port at the head of the Providence River (a northern arm of Narragansett Bay) population 178,042

PROVIDENCE Defined for Kids

providence

noun prov·i·dence \ ˈprä-və-dəns \

Definition of providence for Students

1 often capitalized :help or care from God or heaven
2 capitalized :God as the guide and protector of all human beings


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