Foresight; providence, divine will.
2historical In the Byzantine Empire: a type of land grant similar to a fief, entailing an obligation of service (typically military) by the recipient.
Late 19th century. From ancient Greek πρόνοια foresight, providence, in medieval Greek also denoting a type of land grant from πρόνοος (contracted πρόνους) careful, prudent (from προ- + νόος mind) + -ία.
Belief (especially when viewed as irrational) in the good will of others or the pervasiveness of serendipity.
1980s. From pro- + -noia.