Main definitions of providence in English

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providence1

noun

mass noun
  • 1The protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power.

    ‘they found their trust in divine providence to be a source of comfort’
    • ‘They thanked God for their preservation during their first year in Plymouth, where, as in Leiden's siege, half the community had died, leaving the survivors to hope for and depend on divine protection and providence.’
    • ‘For, while most life is fully dependent upon divine providence, we humans, because of our consciousness, have the potential to participate in the unfolding of each moment.’
    • ‘What roles does affliction, the suffering constrained by the sense of God's palpable absence, play in divine providence, according to Herbert's poetry?’
    • ‘Perhaps this is because he believes so much in divine providence and God's redemption in Christ, and he refuses to believe that God is capricious.’
    • ‘Man's worship ascends upward, and the Divine providence descends thereby.’
    fate, destiny, nemesis, kismet, god's will, divine intervention, predestination, predetermination
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    1. 1.1 God or nature as providing protective care.
      ‘I live out my life as Providence decrees’
      • ‘In vain do we look for Providence in the workings of nature.’
      • ‘His Ascended Glory is the comfort of wise Providence in every moment and time and dispenses trial.’
      • ‘We as Muslims have no reason to believe that Allah's Plan and Providence are subjected to the humanly designed calendar.’
      • ‘It may be, however, that at a deeper level than the ecclesiastical and economic reasons, there is a question of God's Providence.’
      • ‘Nothing but the superintending care of Providence could have saved him.’
  • 2Timely preparation for future eventualities.

    ‘it was considered a duty to encourage providence’
    • ‘The hunter with the fewest marks on their card (and there is sometimes more than one, which is where providence and chance play their hand) also comes up, whereupon I shoot them.’
    • ‘You are well co-ordinated just when providence favours your chances of progressing in your chosen endeavour.’
    • ‘The government of the fastest growing city in Asia believes providence, not planning will help it manage growth.’
    • ‘In the past, we could leave that onerous responsibility to fate or providence, and then rail against them when it went wrong.’
    • ‘Though he recognized the importance of luck, or providence as he usually called it, and opportunity, he saw his own political success as a product of his iron determination and fanatical belief in his mission.’
    prudence, foresight, forethought, far-sightedness, judgement, judiciousness, shrewdness, circumspection, wisdom, sagacity, common sense, precaution, caution, care, carefulness
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin providentia, from providere ‘foresee, attend to’ (see provide).

Pronunciation

providence

/ˈprɒvɪd(ə)ns/

Main definitions of providence in English

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Providence2

proper noun

  • The state capital of Rhode Island, a port on the Atlantic coast; population 171,557 (est. 2008). It was founded in 1636 as a haven for religious dissenters.

Pronunciation

Providence

/ˈprɒvɪd(ə)ns/