From Latin prōvidentia (“providence”) + -al.
providential (comparative more providential, superlative most providential)
- Pertaining to divine providence. [from 17th c.]
- 1971, Keith Thomas, 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.
- Fortunate, as if occurring through the intervention of Providence; lucky. [from 18th c.]