What does Providence mean?

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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.

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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  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. James Waddell Alexander, II:

    The true recipe for a miserable existence is to quarrel with Providence.

  2. Judson Mitcham:

    I don't see how anyone could fail to be troubled and moved by the stockade, with its deadlines, escape tunnels and Providence Spring, that subtext of such clean, well-kept grounds is chaos and human limitation, and I can't walk across the stockade field without feeling challenged and defeated by its awful irony. Even the sky looks different from there.

  3. Anne-Sophie Swetchine:

    Providence has hidden a charm in difficult undertakings which is appreciated only by those who dare to grapple with them.

  4. Patrick Conley:

    The word' Democratic Providence' is for God's divine providence in giving Roger Williams a place to establish the American principle of religious liberty and church-state separation, you want to wipe that away ?

  5. Walt Whitman:

    If you don't appreciate history, you don't have much of a future. By Dan Dalessio. North Providence, Rhode Island 02911

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