- of, relating to, or resulting from divine providence: providential care.
- opportune, fortunate, or lucky: a providential event.
Origin of providential
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Examples from the Web for providential
Many readers understood all manner of news in providential terms.How the News Business Found Its Footing
June 22, 2014
Call it providential, but it is exactly the kind of role with which Anne Heche identifies.Anne Heche’s Crazy New Movie, ‘That’s What She Said’
October 19, 2012
To return to his present day, his flux capacitor needed a providential shaft of lightning.Stop Trying to Balance Budgets!
June 28, 2010
He attended financially to all his children and saw to it that they had providential opportunities.Castro Family Values
A. L. Bardach
September 20, 2009
Then they can really seize a providential opportunity to draw a distinction between the White House and themselves.Yikes, What Does the GOP Do Now?
The Daily Beast
May 2, 2009
"It was providential, your seeing the rock," he said to the engineer.Brave and Bold
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.Fox's Book of Martyrs
The sight of the vessel impressed them as a providential apparition.The Shellback's Progress
- relating to, characteristic of, or presumed to proceed from or as if from divine providence
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Word Origin and History for providential
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