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1Philosophy and Theology. Foresight; providence, divine will.
2Medieval History. In the Byzantine Empire: a type of land grant similar to a fief, entailing an obligation of service (typically military) by the recipient.
Belief (especially when viewed as irrational) in the good will of others or the pervasiveness of serendipity.
Late 19th century. From ancient Greek πρόνοια foresight, providence, in medieval Greek also denoting a type of land grant from πρόνοος (contracted πρόνους) careful, prudent + -ία<br>1980s. From pro- + -noia. Compare earlier pronoia.
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