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


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 forms
Can be confusedprovidential provincial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for providential


/ (ˌprɒvɪˈdɛnʃəl) /


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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