What does Providence mean?

Definitions for Providence
ˈprɒv ɪ dənsprov·i·dence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Providence, capital of Rhode Islandnoun

    the capital and largest city of Rhode Island; located in northeastern Rhode Island on Narragansett Bay; site of Brown University

  2. providencenoun

    the guardianship and control exercised by a deity

    "divine providence"

  3. providencenoun

    a manifestation of God's foresightful care for his creatures

  4. providencenoun

    the prudence and care exercised by someone in the management of resources


  1. Providencenoun

    God, or a guardian deity.

  2. Providencenoun

    Any of several cities in the United States, especially the capital of Rhode Island

  3. providencenoun

    The prudent care and management of resources.

    His providence in saving for his old age is exemplary.

  4. providencenoun

    The careful guardianship exercised by a deity.

  5. providencenoun

    A manifestation of divine care or direction.

  6. Etymology: From providence, from providentia.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Providencenoun

    Etymology: providence, Fr. providentia, Lat.

    The only people, which as by their justice and providence give neither cause nor hope to their neighbours to annoy them, so are they not stirred with false praise to trouble others quiet. Philip Sidney.

    Providence for war is the best prevention of it. Francis Bacon.

    An established character spreads the influence of such as move in a high sphere, on all around; it reaches farther than their own care and providence can do. Francis Atterbury.

    This appointeth unto them their kinds of working, the disposition whereof, in the purity of God’s own knowledge, is rightly termed providence. Richard Hooker.

    Is it not an evident sign of his wonderful providence over us, when that food of eternal life, upon the utter want whereof our endless destruction ensueth, is prepared and always set in such a readiness. Richard Hooker.

    Eternal providence exceeding thought,
    Where none appears can make herself away. Edmund Spenser.

    Providence is an intellectual knowledge, both foreseeing, caring for, and ordering all things, and doth not only behold all past, all present, and all to come; but is the cause of their so being, which prescience is not. Walter Raleigh.

    The world was all before them, where to chuse
    Their place of rest, and providence their guide. John Milton.

    They could not move me from my settled faith in God and his providence. Henry More, Divine Dialogues.

    By thrift my sinking fortune to repair,
    Though late, yet is at last become my care;
    My heart shall be my own, my vast expence
    Reduc’d to bounds, by timely providence. Dryden.


  1. Providence

    Providence is a noun that refers to the protective care or guidance of a higher power or divine entity, often associated with religious or spiritual beliefs. It can also refer to a sense of fate or destiny, where events are perceived as being predetermined or guided by a higher power. Additionally, providence can be interpreted as the timely preparation or supply of needed resources or provisions, indicating a belief in the benevolent intervention of a higher power in one's life.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Providencenoun

    the act of providing or preparing for future use or application; a making ready; preparation

  2. Providencenoun

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

  3. Providencenoun

    a manifestation of the care and superintendence which God exercises over his creatures; an event ordained by divine direction

  4. Providencenoun

    prudence in the management of one's concerns; economy; frugality

  5. Etymology: [L. providentia: cf. F. providence. See Provident, and cf. Prudence.]


  1. Providence

    Providence is the capital and most populous city in Rhode Island and was one of the first cities established in the United States. Located in Providence County, it is the third largest city in the New England region. The city proper population of 178,042 anchors the 37th largest metropolitan population in the country, with an estimated MSA population of 1,600,856, exceeding that of Rhode Island by about 60% because of its reaching into southern Massachusetts. This MSA in turn is part of the larger Greater Boston commuting area, which contains 7.6 million people. Situated at the mouth of the Providence River, at the head of Narragansett Bay, the city's small footprint is crisscrossed by seemingly erratic streets and contains a rapidly changing demographic. Providence was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He named the area in honor of "God's merciful Providence" which he believed was responsible for revealing such a haven for him and his followers to settle. After being one of the first cities in the country to industrialize, Providence became noted for its jewelry and silverware industry. Today, the City of Providence is home to eight hospitals and seven institutions of higher learning, which has shifted the city's economy into service industries, though it still retains significant manufacturing activity.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Providence

    prov′i-dens, n. timely preparation: (theol.) the foresight and care of God over all His creatures: God, considered in this relation: something occurring in which God's care is clearly shown: prudence in managing one's affairs.—adjs. Prov′ident, seeing beforehand, and providing for the future: cautious: prudent: economical; Providen′tial, effected by, or proceeding from, divine providence.—advs. Providen′tially; Prov′idently.—n. Prov′identness. [L. provid-ens, -entis, pr.p. of providēre.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Providence

    a seaport and semi-capital of Rhode Island, U.S., on a river of the name, 44 m. SW. of Boston; it is a centre of a large manufacturing district, and has a large trade in woollens, jewellery, and hardware; has a number of public buildings, and institutions, churches, schools, libraries, and hospitals, as well as beautiful villas and gardens.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Providence is ranked #42790 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Providence surname appeared 506 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Providence.

    82.8% or 419 total occurrences were Black.
    8.1% or 41 total occurrences were White.
    5.7% or 29 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.3% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Providence in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Providence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Providence in a Sentence

  1. Otto von Bismarck:

    A special Providence protects fools, drunkards, small children and the United States of America.

  2. Mark Twain:

    Providence protects children and idiots. I know because I have tested it.

  3. Gay:

    Shall ignorance of good and ill Dare to direct the eternal will? Seek virtue, and of that possest, To Providence resign the rest.

  4. Jorge Elorza:

    This contract is going to govern our children's education for the next 50 and 60 years in the City of Providence. ... We only get one chance to do this right and this is not a decision that can be made in secret without any engagement in the community, we're here demanding that the community to have the opportunity to know what's in the contract and to be able to provide thoughts and input before it becomes official.

  5. Steve McNeal:

    Obviously, anyone who can engage in an affair for months and at the same time carry on by still claiming to be 'with firm reliance on divine providence,' there are a lot of people who think she could be capable of anything.

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