[ prov-i-den-shuhl ]
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  1. of, relating to, or resulting from divine providence: providential care.

  2. opportune, fortunate, or lucky: a providential event.

Origin of providential

1640–50; <Latin prōvidenti(a) providence + -al1

Other words for providential

Other words from providential

  • 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

Words that may be confused with providential

Words Nearby providential Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use providential in a sentence

  • Under circumstances that might be regarded as providential, Thomas Hutchinson was at last unmasked.

  • God was in all things, and all things in God; but there was no idea of providential agency or of personality.

  • The people worshipped no supreme creator, no providential governor, no ultimate judge of human actions.

  • 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


/ (ˌprɒvɪˈdɛnʃəl) /

  1. relating to, characteristic of, or presumed to proceed from or as if from divine providence

Derived forms of providential

  • providentially, adverb

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