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Definitions of providence

providence (ˈprɒvɪdəns



    1. (Christianity) God's foreseeing protection and care of his creatures
    2. such protection and care as manifest by some other force
  1. a supposed manifestation of such care and guidance
  2. the foresight or care exercised by a person in the management of his affairs or resources


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= fate, fortune, destiny, God's will, divine intervention, predestination

Providence1 (ˈprɒvɪdəns



  1. (Christianity) God, esp as showing foreseeing care and protection of his creatures

Word Origin

C14: via French from Latin prōvidēntia, from prōvidēre to provide; see provide, -ence

Providence2 (ˈprɒvɪdəns



  1. a port in NE Rhode Island, capital of the state, at the head of Narragansett Bay: founded by Roger Williams in 1636. Pop: 176 365 (2003 est)

Translations for 'providence'

  • British English: providence Providence is God, or a force which is believed by some people to arrange the things that happen to us. NOUNThese women regard his death as an act of providence.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: providência
  • Chinese: 上帝
  • European Spanish: providencia
  • French: providence
  • German: Vorsehung
  • Italian: provvidenza
  • Japanese: 神意
  • Korean:
  • Portuguese: providência
  • Spanish: providencia

Example Sentences Including 'providence'

Gabriel herself had not had a happy family life, but a merciful providence , as she now saw it, had orphaned her early.
Butler, Gwendoline Coffin in Fashion
Those women would certainly regard his death as an act of providence.
Ashford, Jeffrey A Question of Principle
``I trust you're not tempting providence with that remark," he said.
Erskine, Barbara Midnight is a Lonely Place


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