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Providence (/prɒvɪdəns/) is a term that originates from the Latin word providentia which signifies foresight or prudence. It is often associated with divine or spiritual guidance and protection.


Providence is generally understood as the manifestation of divine care or direction. In a medical context, it can refer to the belief in a higher power's influence over health and wellness. This concept is often used in discussions of faith-based healing, spirituality in medicine, and the role of divine intervention in medical outcomes.

Related Terms

  • Faith Healing: A method of treatment that involves prayer and faith in divine intervention.
  • Spirituality: A broad concept that includes a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, often involving a search for meaning in life.
  • Divine Intervention: The involvement (intervention) of a deity (divine) in the affairs of humans.
  • Prudence: The ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason.


The term Providence is derived from the Latin word providentia, meaning "foresight" or "prudence". It was first used in English in the 14th century to refer to God's foresight, but it has since been used to refer to God's protective care.


Providence is pronounced as /prɒvɪdəns/.

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