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

: happening at a good time because of luck

Full Definition of PROVIDENTIAL

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


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

First Known Use of PROVIDENTIAL


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>.


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