providence

noun

prov·​i·​dence ˈprä-və-dən(t)s How to pronounce providence (audio)
-ˌden(t)s
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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Consider it a fellowship of church and state, where providence smiles on judges and constituents in equal measure. Theodore R. Johnson, Washington Post, 18 June 2024 Ideas about providence and a promised land are woven into our founding mythology. Theodore R. Johnson, Washington Post, 18 June 2024 The wind of providence is always blowing; her nose cannot help making out whatever tragedies may float upon it. Scott Sayare Robert Petkoff Anna Diamond Quinton Kamara, New York Times, 14 June 2024 Jilin City is the second largest city and former capital of the Jilin providence in northeast China. Ryan Magalhães, USA TODAY, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for providence 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of providence was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near providence

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Cite this Entry

“Providence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/providence. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

providence

noun
prov·​i·​dence ˈpräv-əd-ən(t)s How to pronounce providence (audio)
-ə-ˌden(t)s
1
a
often capitalized : divine guidance or care
b
capitalized : God as the guide and protector of all human beings
2
: the quality or state of being provident : prudence

Geographical Definition

Providence

geographical name

Prov·​i·​dence ˈprä-və-dən(t)s How to pronounce Providence (audio)
-ˌden(t)s
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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