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: making provision for the future : prudent
: frugal, saving
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economical, economizing, frugal, scrimping, sparing, thrifty
prodigal, profligate, spendthrift, squandering, thriftless, unthrifty, wasteful
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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Middle English, from Latin provident-, providens, from present participle of providēre
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: careful about planning for the future and saving money for the future
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