• (British) IPA: /pɹɒvɪˈdɛnʃl̩/


  1. Pertaining to divine providence. [from 17th c.]
    • 1971, Keith Thomas (historian), Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 88:
      The same belief underlay the providential view of history, in which the rise and fall of nations appeared as the expression of God's unsearchable purposes.
  2. Fortunate, as if occurring through the intervention of Providence. [from 18th c.]
    Synonyms: heaven-sent, fortunate, lucky, serendipitous
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