Definition of providential in English:


Line breaks: provi¦den|tial
Pronunciation: /prɒvɪˈdɛnʃ(ə)l


  • 2Involving divine foresight or providence: they took it for granted that the order of the world reflects a designing providential hand
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    • On the contrary, the experience of Christ as Creator points us to particular creatures as those objects of God's providential care without which our understanding of the divine identity is impoverished.
    • The word ‘secular’ also alludes to the moral call to homo faber to share in the divine providential ordering of creation.
    • It is deep time that opens a new view of nature, which if it lacks the Divine fiat, the miraculous and providential, is no less sublime in its own way.
    divine, heaven-sent, miraculous



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  • In this view, forests, rivers, streams, waterfalls, and even deserts were providentially located at convenient locations, awaiting the hand of man.
  • Epicurus arguments are effective only against the view that the world was providentially designed for the benefit of humans.
  • First and most important, according to serious theism, God is constantly, immediately, intimately and directly active in his creation: he constantly upholds it in existence and providentially governs it.


mid 17th century: from providence, on the pattern of evidential.

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