Origin of providentialfrom Classical Latin providentia + -al
He chose the winning horse, so he believed that his decision was providential.
- An example of something providential is choosing the right horse when betting your last $20 at a racetrack; providential bet.
- An example of something providential is circumstances leading you to buy your first house when everything seemed to be going against you; providential purchase.
The definition of providential is to seem to come from a divine power.
- Of or resulting from divine providence.
- Happening as if through divine intervention; opportune. See Synonyms at fortunate.
(comparative more providential, superlative most providential)
From Latin prÅvidentia (“providence") +"Ž -al.
- The supernatural element that is prominent in the Old Testament is God's providential guidance and guardianship of His people, and His teaching and training of them by His prophets.
- (9) They believe in the providential care of the divine Father.
- With Open Face (Lond., 1896); The Epistle to the Hebrews (Edin., 1899); The Providential Order of the World, and the Moral Order of the World in Ancient and Modern Thought (Gifford Lectures, 1896-1897; Lond., 18 97, 1899).
- The facts of history must be explained, not by providential interventions, but by referring them to conditions inherent in the successive stages of social existence.
- On the 11th of February she wrote to the bishop of Glasgow, her ambassador in France, a brief letter of simple eloquence, announcing her providential escape from a design upon her own as well as her husband's life.