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. "And of our good and of our dignity, How provident he is." (Milton)

Synonyms: Forecasting, cautious, careful, prudent, frugal, economical.

Origin: L. Providens, -entis, p. Pr. Of providere: cf. F. Provident. See Provide, and cf. Prudent.

(01 Mar 1998)