One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Making or indicative of timely preparation for the future.‘she had learned to be provident’
prudent, far-sighted, judicious, shrewd, circumspect, forearmed, wise, sagacious, sensible, commonsensical, politic, cautious, careful, thriftyView synonyms
- ‘Their deception is socially provident, because it makes those people work hard, save, take risks and invent.’
- ‘I allowed myself to plan out my life and didn't let provident direction guide my life.’
- ‘Belladonna, I do not think it is prudent or provident to turn down this offer.’
- ‘She was a discreet, sober, provident woman, and with great patience endured many afflictions.’
- ‘Yet, as Smiles observed, ‘No laws, however stringent, can make the idle industrious, the thriftless provident, or the drunken sober.’’
Late Middle English: from Latin provident- ‘foreseeing, attending to’, from the verb providere (see provide).
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