Prov"i*dence (?), n. [L. providentia: cf. F. providence. See Provident, and cf. Prudence.]
The act of providing or preparing for future use or application; a making ready; preparation.
Providence for war is the best prevention of it.
Foresight; care; especially, the foresight and care which God manifests for his creatures; hence, God himself, regarded as exercising a constant wise prescience.
The world was all before them, where to choose
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide.
A manifestation of the care and superintendence which God exercises over his creatures; an event ordained by divine direction.
He that hath a numerous family, and many to provide for, needs a greater providence of God.
Prudence in the management of one's concerns; economy; frugality.
It is a high point of providence in a prince to cast an eye rather upon actions than persons.
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