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Definition providing carefully for the future — often by saving money
  • I had thought my parents as tediously provident, but when they offered to pay for my college I appreciated their foresight.
  • a provident father plans for his children's education
  • If they were more provident and less perverse, ma'am, what would they do?
    Dickens, Charles  --  Hard Times
  • You are a provident person, I see.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Really, you are quite provident.
    Stowe, Harriet Beecher  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • "You mean all those people dying was provident?" said Daphne sharply.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • But the convention have guarded against all danger of this sort, with the most provident and judicious attention.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • But she soon saw how likely it was that Lucy, in her self-provident care, in her haste to secure him, should overlook every thing but the risk of delay.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Really, you are quite provident.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Pallas Athena and Zeus All Provident will see you through, bemusing our young friends.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • From every provident point of view his mother was so undoubtedly right, that he was not without a sickness of heart in finding he could shake her.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • If they were more provident and less perverse, ma'am, what would they do?
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • It seems I have always been fortunate to be in a certain provident time and place, which must be my sole skill, and worth, and luck.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • They exhibit, therefore, all the advantages and defects of such training; they are willing and good-natured, but not self-reliant, provident, or careful.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • He found as provident a host and a fresh horse.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • You are a provident person, I see.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He commuted his pension and provident fund to buy a Bharat bottle-sealing machine.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • And when he clamps a sympathetic paw on your shoulder you feel he is some provident force come to guide you out of old despond.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • As far as I can see, it will be your chief diversion hereafter; unless Linton make amends for other losses: and your provident parent appears to fancy he may.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights

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