Dictionary

providential

adjective prov·i·den·tial \ˌprä-və-ˈden(t)-shəl\

: happening at a good time because of luck

Full Definition of PROVIDENTIAL

1
:  of, relating to, or determined by Providence
2
archaic :  marked by foresight :  prudent
3
:  occurring by or as if by an intervention of Providence <a providential escape>
prov·i·den·tial·ly \-ˈden(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of PROVIDENTIAL

  1. We had made a providential escape.
  2. It seemed providential that he should arrive at just that moment.

First Known Use of PROVIDENTIAL

1648

Synonym Discussion of PROVIDENTIAL

lucky, fortunate, happy, providential mean meeting with unforeseen success. lucky stresses the agency of chance in bringing about a favorable result <won because of a lucky bounce>. fortunate suggests being rewarded beyond one's deserts <fortunate in my investments>. happy combines the implications of lucky and fortunate with stress on being blessed <a series of happy accidents>. providential more definitely implies the help or intervention of a higher power <a providential change in the weather>.

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: providerPrevious Word in the Dictionary: providentAll Words Near: providential
July 04, 2015
stringent Hear it
rigorous, strict, or severe
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears