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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

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

Examples from the Web for providentially

Contemporary Examples of providentially

Historical Examples of providentially

  • A relation into which fools are providentially drawn for their mutual destruction.

  • Providentially, we are all made dependent on one another's good opinion.

  • Providentially, at that moment the road debouched into the great square.

    The Heads of Apex

    Francis Flagg

  • One of his friends at least must be there, and providentially it proved that both were present.

    Two Boys in Wyoming

    Edward S. Ellis

  • You are providentially unable to bear the bodily and mental exertion.

    The Story of My Life

    Egerton Ryerson

British Dictionary definitions for providentially


  1. 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 providentially



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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