Definition of providence
1a often capitalized : divine guidance or careb 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
practicing its customary providence, the snowbound family was able to make the meager stores last until help arrived
had the providence to lay in supplies before the storm hit
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Four decades ago, its operational hub in Portland, Ore., consisted of two modest hospitals: Providence and St. Vincent.
Horn, with his Calvinist background, seemed to me now a walking illustration of the way in which scientific progress had displaced divine providence as our culture’s locus of faith.
CBSSN NA/247* 83 Creighton at Marquette 3:30 p.m. FS1 NA/214 75 Providence at DePaul 4 p.m. CBSSN
As for Clinton, as a Methodist she may be driven to consider John Wesley’s lengthy sermon on divine providence.
The more that his professional career seems like, well, a storybook — with exciting up and downs, new opportunities and unexpected twists — the more credible his faith in providence becomes.
No, from the perspective of Al Qaeda, the truest sign of divine providence must have been the American reaction to the attacks.
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Origin and Etymology of providence
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin providentia, from provident-, providens
First Known Use: 14th century
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
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Definition of Providence for English Language Learners
: U.S. city, Rhode Island
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Definition of Providence for Students
city, capital of Rhode Island
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