providential

[ prov-i-den-shuhl ]
/ ˌprɒv ɪˈdɛn ʃəl /

adjective

of, relating to, or resulting from divine providence: providential care.
opportune, fortunate, or lucky: a providential event.

Nearby words

  1. providence, divine,
  2. providencia,
  3. provident,
  4. provident club,
  5. provident society,
  6. providentially,
  7. providently,
  8. provider,
  9. providing,
  10. province

Origin of providential

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

Related forms
Can be confusedprovidential provincial

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British Dictionary definitions for providential

providential

/ (ˌprɒvɪˈdɛnʃəl) /

adjective

relating to, characteristic of, or presumed to proceed from or as if from divine providence
Derived Formsprovidentially, adverb

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Word Origin and History for providential

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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