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The capital and largest city of Rhode Island, in the northeast part of the state on Narragansett Bay. It was founded by Roger Williams in 1636 as a haven for religious dissenters and became prosperous as a port in the 1700s. Providence was joint capital with Newport until 1900.
1. Care or preparation in advance; foresight.
2. Prudent management; economy.
3. The care, guardianship, and control exercised by a deity; divine direction: "Some sought the key to history in the working of divine providence" (William Ebenstein).
4. Providence God.
(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity God, esp as showing foreseeing care and protection of his creatures
[C14: via French from Latin prōvidēntia, from prōvidēre to provide; see provide, -ence]
(Placename) 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)
a. Christianity God's foreseeing protection and care of his creatures
b. such protection and care as manifest by some other force
2. (Theology) a supposed manifestation of such care and guidance
3. the foresight or care exercised by a person in the management of his affairs or resources
prov•i•dence(ˈprɒv ɪ dəns)
1. (often cap.) the foreseeing care and guidance of God or nature over the creatures of the earth.
2. (cap.) God, esp. when conceived as exercising such care and guidance in directing human affairs.
3. a manifestation of divine care or direction.
4. provident or prudent management of resources.
5. foresight; provident care.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin prōvidentia foresight, forethought]
Prov•i•dence(ˈprɒv ɪ dəns)
the capital of Rhode Island, in the NE part, at the head of Narragansett Bay. 152,558.
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|Noun||1.||Providence - the capital and largest city of Rhode Island; located in northeastern Rhode Island on Narragansett Bay; site of Brown University|
|2.||providence - the guardianship and control exercised by a deity; "divine providence"|
|3.||providence - a manifestation of God's foresightful care for his creatures|
circumstances, luck, destiny, fate, fortune, lot, portion - your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you); "whatever my fortune may be"; "deserved a better fate"; "has a happy lot"; "the luck of the Irish"; "a victim of circumstances"; "success that was her portion"
|4.||providence - the prudence and care exercised by someone in the management of resources|
prudence - discretion in practical affairs
foresight, foresightedness, foresightfulness - providence by virtue of planning prudently for the future
providence[ˈprɒvɪd/əns] n → provvidenza