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 β€” foresees the future, in a sense β€” 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 β€” such as a provident decision that ends up preventing ruin down the road.

Definitions of provident
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adj 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
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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adj careful in regard to your own interests

“wild squirrels are provident
Synonyms:
prudent
careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment

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