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[prov-i-den-shuh l] /ˌprɒv ɪˈdɛn ʃəl/
of, relating to, or resulting from divine providence:
providential care.
opportune, fortunate, or lucky:
a providential event.
Origin of providential
1640-50; < Latin prōvidenti(a) providence + -al1
Related forms
providentially, adverb
nonprovidential, adjective
nonprovidentially, adverb
unprovidential, adjective
unprovidentially, adverb
Can be confused
providential, provincial.
2. happy. Unabridged
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  • A relation into which fools are providentially drawn for their mutual destruction.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • providentially, we are all made dependent on one another's good opinion.

  • providentially, at that moment the road debouched into the great square.

    The Heads of Apex Francis Flagg
  • One of his friends at least must be there, and providentially it proved that both were present.

    Two Boys in Wyoming Edward S. Ellis
  • You are providentially unable to bear the bodily and mental exertion.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • It was only a puff which had come to my aid, as it were providentially, and had enabled me to gain my point.

    Desk and Debit Oliver Optic
  • Plain girls are providentially preserved from these temptations.

  • It was after this that we had providentially met the boatman, and had been safely led on board.

    A Retrospect James Hudson Taylor
  • "providentially a turn came in their affairs," was the answer.

British Dictionary definitions for providentially


relating to, characteristic of, or presumed to proceed from or as if from divine providence
Derived Forms
providentially, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for providentially



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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