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providential

[prov-i-den-shuh l] /ˌprɒv ɪˈdɛn ʃəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or resulting from divine providence:
providential care.
2.
opportune, fortunate, or lucky:
a providential event.
Origin of providential
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin prōvidenti(a) providence + -al1
Related forms
providentially, adverb
nonprovidential, adjective
nonprovidentially, adverb
unprovidential, adjective
unprovidentially, adverb
Can be confused
providential, provincial.
Synonyms
2. happy.
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Examples from the Web for providential
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  • "It was providential, your seeing the rock," he said to the engineer.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • And indeed it seemed as if they must have been misguided in some providential manner.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • My trip to the Himalayas and all incidents of the past two years were providential.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • But all their counsels were blasted by a happy and providential circumstance.

  • The sight of the vessel impressed them as a providential apparition.

    The Shellback's Progress Walter Runciman
British Dictionary definitions for providential

providential

/ˌprɒvɪˈdɛnʃəl/
adjective
1.
relating to, characteristic of, or presumed to proceed from or as if from divine providence
Derived Forms
providentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for providential
adj.

1610s, "pertaining to foresifght" (implied in providentially); 1640s as "pertaining to divine providence," from Latin providentia (see providence) + -al (1). Meaning "by divine interposition" is recorded from 1719.

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