providential

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

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

providentially

play \-ˈden(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of providential in a Sentence

  1. We had made a providential escape.

  2. It seemed providential that he should arrive at just that moment.

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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

PROVIDENTIAL Defined for English Language Learners

providential

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Definition of providential for English Language Learners

  • : happening at a good time because of luck



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