providence

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

Definition of providence

  1. 1a often capitalized :  divine guidance or careb 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

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Origin and Etymology of providence

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


Providence

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

Definition of Providence

  1. 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 English Language Learners

Providence

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geographical name

Definition of Providence for English Language Learners

  • : U.S. city, Rhode Island


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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