provident

adjective prov·i·dent \ ˈprä-və-dənt , -ˌdent \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of provident

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

providently

adverb

Examples of provident in a Sentence

  1. it is possible to be provident without being miserly

  2. her provident measures kept us safe while we waited out the hurricane

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Origin and Etymology of provident

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


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provident

adjective

Definition of provident for English Language Learners

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



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