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

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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, "The New Nuclear Threat," 22 July 2020 The combined employer-and-employee contribution rates into the city’s central provident fund – the main pension plan – currently drop from 37% at 55 years of age to as low as 12.5% for older workers. Washington Post, "Singapore’s Homes Get an Anti-Aging Lift," 19 Sep. 2019 Often Kidjo’s holy rolling results wind up sounding similar to the Heads’ take, as the initial African influences were so divinely provident and prominent., "Album reviews: Nine Inch Nails, Lily Allen, Angelique Kidjo," 21 June 2018

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of provident

formal : careful about planning for the future and saving money for the future

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