of, relating to, or resulting from divine providence: providential care.
opportune, fortunate, or lucky: a providential event.
- prov·i·den·tial·ly, adverb
- non·prov·i·den·tial, adjective
- non·prov·i·den·tial·ly, adverb
- un·prov·i·den·tial, adjective
- un·prov·i·den·tial·ly, adverb
- providential , provincial
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How to use providential in a sentence
Many readers understood all manner of news in providential terms.
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’ | Lorenza Muñoz | October 19, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
To return to his present day, his flux capacitor needed a providential shaft of lightning.
He attended financially to all his children and saw to it that they had providential opportunities.
Then they can really seize a providential opportunity to draw a distinction between the White House and themselves.
Under circumstances that might be regarded as providential, Thomas Hutchinson was at last unmasked.The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
God was in all things, and all things in God; but there was no idea of providential agency or of personality.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
The people worshipped no supreme creator, no providential governor, no ultimate judge of human actions.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
Every one seemed at once to turn to Inga, as though recognizing a providential authority.The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
The coming of the girl, Maggie, though a strange coincidence, Ruth looked upon as providential.Ruth Fielding At College | Alice B. Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for providential
relating to, characteristic of, or presumed to proceed from or as if from divine providence
- providentially, adverb
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