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. Bacon.


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. Milton.

3. Theol.

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. Jer. Taylor.


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. Quarles.


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