1. providing carefully for the future
; - Example: "wild squirrels are provident"- Example: "a provident father plans for his children's education"
2. careful in regard to your own interests
; - Example: "the prudent use and development of resources"- Example: "wild squirrels are provident"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Provident \Prov"i*dent\, a. [L. providens, -entis, p. pr. of
providere: cf. F. provident. See Provide, and cf.
Foreseeing wants and making provision to supply them; prudent
in preparing for future exigencies; cautious; economical; --
sometimes followed by of; as, aprovident man; an animal
provident of the future.
And of our good and of our dignity,
How provident he is. --Milton.
Syn: Forecasting; cautious; careful; prudent; frugal;
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: providing carefully for the future; "wild squirrels are
provident"; "a provident father plans for his children's
education" [ant: improvident]
2: careful in regard to your own interests; "the prudent use and
development of resources"; "wild squirrels are provident"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
91 Moby Thesaurus words for "provident":
Scotch, acute, anticipant, anticipatory, apperceptive,
appercipient, argute, astute, canny, careful, cautious, chary,
cheeseparing, circumspect, clairvoyant, cogent, conserving,
considerate, discerning, discreet, discriminating, discriminative,
divinatory, economic, economical, economizing, enlightened,
farseeing, farsighted, forehanded, foreknowing, foreseeing,
foresighted, forethoughted, forethoughtful, frugal, incisive,
intuitive, judgmatic, judicial, judicious, labor-saving,
longheaded, longsighted, money-saving, parsimonious, penetrating,
penny-wise, perceptive, percipient, perspicacious, perspicuous,
piercing, politic, precautional, precautionary, precautious,
precognitive, precognizant, preparative, preparatory, prepared,
prerequisite, prescient, propaedeutic, providential, provisional,
prudent, prudential, ready, reflecting, reflective, sagacious,
sage, saving, scrimping, shrewd, skimping, spare, sparing,
thoughtful, thrifty, time-saving, trenchant, understanding,
unwasteful, vigilant, wary, well-advised, well-judged, wise