provident

adjective
prov·​i·​dent | \ ˈprä-və-dənt How to pronounce provident (audio) , -ˌdent \

Definition of provident

1 : frugal, saving
2 : making provision for the future : prudent

Other Words from provident

providently adverb

Examples of provident in a Sentence

it is possible to be provident without being miserly her provident measures kept us safe while we waited out the hurricane
Recent Examples on the Web The deficits, however, demand a more provident approach to the ballooning defense budget (now larger than everything else in the federal discretionary budget combined). Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020 The deficits, however, demand a more provident approach to the ballooning defense budget (now larger than everything else in the federal discretionary budget combined). Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020 The deficits, however, demand a more provident approach to the ballooning defense budget (now larger than everything else in the federal discretionary budget combined). Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020 The deficits, however, demand a more provident approach to the ballooning defense budget (now larger than everything else in the federal discretionary budget combined). Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020 The deficits, however, demand a more provident approach to the ballooning defense budget (now larger than everything else in the federal discretionary budget combined). Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020 The deficits, however, demand a more provident approach to the ballooning defense budget (now larger than everything else in the federal discretionary budget combined). Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020 Social Security would likely be replaced also with a provident-fund system, basically a private retirement account with mandatory contributions, with backup provisions if this proves to be insufficient in old age. Nathan Lewis, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 That led to another announcement this spring, which prevented people from using BN(O) passports for the early withdrawal of mandatory provident funds (MPFs). Michelle Toh And Kristie Lu Stout, CNN, 26 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of provident

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for provident

Middle English, from Latin provident-, providens, from present participle of providēre

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“Provident.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/provident. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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