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Pronunciation:  'prâviduns, 'prâviduns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the guardianship and control exercised by a deity; "divine providence"
  2. [n]  the prudence and care exercised by someone in the management of resources
  3. [n]  the capital and largest city of Rhode Island; located in northeastern Rhode Island on Narragansett Bay; site of Brown University
  4. [n]  a manifestation of God's foresightful care for His creatures

PROVIDENCE is a 10 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: capital of Rhode Island
 Antonyms: improvidence, shortsightedness
 See Also: care, charge, circumstances, destiny, fate, foresight, foresightedness, foresightfulness, fortune, guardianship, Little Rhody, lot, luck, Ocean State, portion, prudence, Rhode Island, RI, state capital, tutelage



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Prov"i*dence\, n. [L. providentia: cf. F.
providence. See {Provident}, and cf. {Prudence}.]
1. The act of providing or preparing for future use or
   application; a making ready; preparation.

         Providence for war is the best prevention of it.

2. Foresight; care; especially, the foresight and care which
   God manifests for his creatures; hence, God himself,
   regarded as exercising a constant wise prescience.

         The world was all before them, where to choose Their
         place of rest, and Providence their guide. --Milton.

3. (Theol.) A manifestation of the care and superintendence
   which God exercises over his creatures; an event ordained
   by divine direction.

         He that hath a numerous family, and many to provide
         for, needs a greater providence of God. --Jer.

4. Prudence in the management of one's concerns; economy;

         It is a high point of providence in a prince to cast
         an eye rather upon actions than persons. --Quarles.

Easton Bible Dictionary

literally means foresight, but is generally used to denote God's preserving and governing all things by means of second causes (Ps. 18:35; 63:8; Acts 17:28; Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3). God's providence extends to the natural world (Ps. 104:14; 135:5-7; Acts 14:17), the brute creation (Ps. 104:21-29; Matt. 6:26; 10:29), and the affairs of men (1 Chr. 16:31; Ps. 47:7; Prov. 21:1; Job 12:23; Dan. 2:21; 4:25), and of individuals (1 Sam. 2:6; Ps. 18:30; Luke 1:53; James 4:13-15). It extends also to the free actions of men (Ex. 12:36; 1 Sam. 24:9-15; Ps. 33:14, 15; Prov. 16:1; 19:21; 20:24; 21:1), and things sinful (2 Sam. 16:10; 24:1; Rom. 11:32; Acts 4:27, 28), as well as to their good actions (Phil. 2:13; 4:13; 2 Cor. 12:9, 10; Eph. 2:10; Gal. 5:22-25).

As regards sinful actions of men, they are represented as occurring by God's permission (Gen. 45:5; 50:20. Comp. 1 Sam. 6:6; Ex. 7:13; 14:17; Acts 2:3; 3:18; 4:27, 28), and as controlled (Ps. 76:10) and overruled for good (Gen. 50:20; Acts 3:13). God does not cause or approve of sin, but only limits, restrains, overrules it for good.

The mode of God's providential government is altogether unexplained. We only know that it is a fact that God does govern all his creatures and all their actions; that this government is universal (Ps. 103:17-19), particular (Matt. 10:29-31), efficacious (Ps. 33:11; Job 23:13), embraces events apparently contingent (Prov. 16:9, 33; 19:21; 21:1), is consistent with his own perfection (2 Tim. 2:13), and to his own glory (Rom. 9:17; 11:36).