Definition of providential adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌprɒvɪˈdenʃl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌprɑːvɪˈdenʃl//
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lucky because it happens at the right time, but without being planned synonym timely A providential wind carried the raft to the shore. The announcement seems providential at a time when good news is in short supply. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from providence, on the pattern of evidential.
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