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[ prov-i-den-shuhl ]


  1. of, relating to, or resulting from divine providence:

    providential care.

  2. opportune, fortunate, or lucky:

    a providential event.

    Synonyms: happy


/ ˌprɒvɪˈdɛnʃəl /


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

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Derived Forms

  • ˌproviˈdentially, adverb
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Other Words From

  • 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
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Word History and Origins

Origin of providential1

1640–50; < Latin prōvidenti ( a ) providence + -al 1
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Example Sentences

The walls of Tsaranoro are as wild and bold as the country, the rock beautifully carved as if by providential hand, and the story is that of a real adventure—friends taking the risks that come hand in hand with pushing boundaries.

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.

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.

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 coming of the girl, Maggie, though a strange coincidence, Ruth looked upon as providential.





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