provident

If you are provident, that means you plan carefully for the future. You have your Christmas lights up in early December, you have a well-stocked pantry, and you have some savings tucked away just in case.

The word provident traces back to the Latin word providere, meaning "foresee, provide." The word can be used to describe someone who looks into the future — foresees the future, in a sense — and makes decisions based on future needs. It’s often used to describe a thrifty individual who denies himself something today in order to save up for tomorrow, but it can describe actions as well — such as a provident decision that ends up preventing ruin down the road.

Definitions of provident
  1. adjective
    providing carefully for the future
    “wild squirrels are provident
    “a provident father plans for his children's education”
    Synonyms:
    careful, thrifty
    mindful of the future in spending money
    farseeing, farsighted, foresighted, foresightful, long, longsighted, prospicient
    planning prudently for the future
    forehanded
    having provided for the future
    forethoughtful
    thoughtful of the future
    prudent
    careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment
    farsighted, presbyopic
    able to see distant objects clearly
    thrifty
    careful and diligent in the use of resources
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    Antonyms:
    improvident
    not provident; not providing for the future
    myopic, short, shortsighted, unforesightful
    lacking foresight or scope
    thriftless
    careless of the future
    unforethoughtful
    lacking forethought
    imprudent
    not prudent or wise
    wasteful
    tending to squander and waste
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  2. adjective
    careful in regard to your own interests
    “wild squirrels are provident
    Synonyms:
    prudent
    careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment
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