Pronunciation: (prov'i-dunt), [key]
1. having or showing foresight; providing carefully for the future.
2. characterized by or proceeding from foresight: provident care.
3. mindful in making provision (usually fol. by of).
4. economical; frugal; thrifty.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.