from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or resulting from divine providence.
  • adj. Happening as if through divine intervention; opportune. See Synonyms at happy.

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  • adj. Fortunate as if occurring as a gift from a deity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Effected by, or referable to, divine direction or superintendence

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Effected by the providence of God; proceeding from divine direction; referable to divine providence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. resulting from divine providence
  • adj. peculiarly fortunate or appropriate; as if by divine intervention
  • adj. relating to or characteristic of providence


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  • I use the term providential, at the same time that I believe nothing happens to us which is not subject to God's providing care.

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  • If the Squire had been a better farmer and less interested in books, especially in his yellow-backed law-books, the eking might not have been so continuous; and if his good wife had not been snatched away, at untimely thirty-five, by one of those accidents which we call providential, leaving a forty-year - old father alone with a five-year-old boy, her good sense would undoubtedly have made times easier with the Squire.

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  • Young, fit and Caucasian, Snow is a chiropractor and acupuncturist based in Johnson County who began to buy time on KPRT after what he calls a providential encounter with a listener. Front Page

  • But just because Darwinism (as also quantum theory) is making statistical statements rather than metaphysical statements; their belief in providential control and predestination are completely consistent with their belief in the randomness of mutations as postulated by Darwinism.

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  • "That, now, is what I call a providential circumstance; indeed, from all

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  • Ultraconservative benefactor and ally, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon is one among religious figures who describe their own adulterous affairs as "providential" -- ordained by God -- even as he condemns women for that "worst of all sins."

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  • His anger was against them to such a degree that he determined to cast them out from his presence, his favourable gracious presence, as a father, when he is extremely angry with an undutiful son, bids him get out of his presence, he expelled them from that good land that had such tokens of his presence in providential bounty and that holy city and temple that had such tokens of his presence in covenant-grace and love.

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  • Given Moulsworth's intense interest in providential and poetic patterning, it hardly seems coincidental that she should stress that her "second" husband died "on a double sainted day," and that he "tooke his happy way" both "to Jude, & Symon" (ll.

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  • Gradually, American writers extracted the idea of providential mission from its previous identification with Great Britain as a whole.

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  • In Western culture the Old Testament contains the idea of providential design, but the traditional Christian viewpoint was also greatly influenced by Aristotle, who believed "in an intelligent natural world that functions according to some deliberate design."

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