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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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  • 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

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 providentially

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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