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

Origin of providential

1640–50; < Latin prōvidenti(a) providence + -al1
Related formsprov·i·den·tial·ly, adverbnon·prov·i·den·tial, adjectivenon·prov·i·den·tial·ly, adverbun·prov·i·den·tial, adjectiveun·prov·i·den·tial·ly, adverb
Can be confusedprovidential provincial

Synonyms for providential

2. happy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for providential

Contemporary Examples of providential

Historical Examples of providential

  • "It was providential, your seeing the rock," he said to the engineer.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • And indeed it seemed as if they must have been misguided in some providential manner.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • My trip to the Himalayas and all incidents of the past two years were providential.

    Oswald Langdon

    Carson Jay Lee

  • But all their counsels were blasted by a happy and providential circumstance.

  • The sight of the vessel impressed them as a providential apparition.

British Dictionary definitions for providential



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

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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