adjective Date: 1648 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
Synonyms: see luckyprovidentially adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • providential — [[t]prɒ̱vɪde̱nʃ(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED A providential event is lucky because it happens at exactly the right time. [FORMAL] He explained the yellow fever epidemic as a providential act to discourage urban growth... The pistols were loaded so our… …   English dictionary

  • providential — providentially, adv. /prov i den sheuhl/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or resulting from divine providence: providential care. 2. opportune, fortunate, or lucky: a providential event. [1640 50; < L providenti(a) PROVIDENCE + AL1] Syn. 2. happy. * * …   Universalium

  • providential — /prɒvəˈdɛnʃəl/ (say provuh denshuhl) adjective 1. of, relating to, or proceeding from divine providence: providential care. 2. opportune, fortunate, or lucky: a providential occurrence. –providentially, adverb …   Australian English dictionary

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