Tuesday, August 03, 2004
providential adjective [prov-uh-DEN(T)-shuhl] Of or resulting from divine direction or superintendence.
Definitions for providential
- Of or resulting from divine direction or superintendence.
- Occurring through or as if through divine intervention; peculiarly fortunate or appropriate.
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Citations for providential
For Boston's progressive Unitarians in this period, rejecting the Calvinism of their forebears increasingly meant opposing the old idea that suffering was inevitable, irremediable, and providential.
The laws of nature seem to have been carefully arranged so that they can be discovered by beings with our level of intelligence. That not only fits the idea of design, but it also suggests a providential purpose for humankind -- that is, to learn about our habitat and to develop science and technology.
Origin of providential
Providential derives from Latin providentia, from providens, provident-, present participle of providere, literally, "to see ahead," from pro-, "forward" + videre, "to see."