prov·​i·​den·​tial | \ ˌprä-və-ˈden(t)-shəl How to pronounce providential (audio) \

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

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providentially \ ˌprä-​və-​ˈden(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce providential (audio) \ adverb

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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

Examples of providential in a Sentence

We had made a providential escape. It seemed providential that he should arrive at just that moment.
Recent Examples on the Web His competitive breakthrough, however, was as providential and unexpected as the broken board that introduced him to surfing. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2021 For Menendez and his wife, who plays piano for the church, the move to Anchorage seems providential, just like the rest of the story. Author: Lex Treinen, Anchorage Daily News, 16 May 2021 But it's been especially so since 1989, when the collapse of our superpower rival inspired providential reveries of a unipolar world led, largely unimpeded, by the U.S. and its allies. Damon Linker, TheWeek, 9 Dec. 2020 By January, you may be showered with rewards for a job well done and could find your life greatly improved by a providential stroke of good luck. oregonlive, 29 June 2020 Do believers truly plead with God to alleviate some of the suffering, to be an instrument of His love and providential care in the midst of it? Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, 19 Aug. 2019 For Sangeeta Rajesh, a bout of illness in 2014 turned out to be providential. Mallik Thatipalli, Quartz India, 13 Nov. 2019 And so too is the perennial hopefulness symbolized by Ishmael’s having survived the wreckage of the Pequod and being rescued by the providential arrival of the Rachel. Daniel Ross Goodman, National Review, 26 Oct. 2019 By providential coincidence, the Sourtoe Captain’s mother, a filmmaker named Lulu Keating, was working on a documentary about Jack London’s time in the Yukon. Smithsonian, 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of providential

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of providential was in 1648

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“Providential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of providential

formal : happening at a good time because of luck

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