Provident Prov"i*dent, a. [L. providens, -entis, p. pr. of providere: cf. F. provident. See {Provide}, and cf. {Prudent}.] Foreseeing wants and making provision to supply them; prudent in preparing for future exigencies; cautious; economical; -- sometimes followed by of; as, aprovident man; an animal provident of the future. [1913 Webster]

And of our good and of our dignity, How provident he is. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Forecasting; cautious; careful; prudent; frugal; economical. [1913 Webster]

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