Definition of provincial in English:

provincial

Syllabification: pro·vin·cial
Pronunciation: /prəˈvin(t)SH(ə)l
 
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adjective

1Of or concerning a province of a country or empire: provincial elections
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  • Another reason for low results is that people just didn't feel as informed as they did for the provincial election and decided that voting would therefore be a waste.
  • The teachers threatened to stage a sit-in outside the provincial governor's house if the problem was not resolved.
  • The march led to traffic being blocked, before it came to a halt outside the provincial governor's office.
Synonyms
nonmetropolitan, small-town, nonurban, outlying, rural, country, rustic, backwoods, backwater
informal one-horse, hick, country-fried, jerkwater, freshwater
2Of or concerning the regions outside the capital city of a country, especially when regarded as unsophisticated or narrow-minded: scenes of violence were reported in provincial towns the whole exhibition struck one as being very provincial
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  • For all over Ireland, ribbon development of houses persists outside provincial towns and one-off badly sited homes are built without regard for the landscape as a whole.
  • Well over €1million an acre is being achieved for retail parks outside provincial towns.
  • A young woman in her twenties returns from the capital city to a provincial town where she grew up.
Synonyms
regional, state, territorial, district; sectoral, zonal, cantonalunsophisticated, narrow-minded, parochial, small-town, suburban, insular, bush-league, inward-looking, conservative; small-minded, blinkered, bigoted, prejudiced

noun

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1An inhabitant of a province of a country or empire.
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  • Augustine was a local boy who made good, a provincial from the southern edge of Fourth-Century Roman Africa, vain and enslaved to a fierce mother.
  • Roman citizens paid little tax, but provincials paid a property tax and a poll tax amounting to 10 or 15 percent of income.
  • The proud son of the Franche-Comte was on his way to success in Paris when he met Bruyas, an art collector and a provincial from another region of France.
1.1 (provincials) (In Canada) athletic contests held between teams representing the country’s administrative divisions.
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  • Niverville rolled through the round robin at the provincials without a loss scoring four straight-set victories.
  • Walking into the house we saw copies of pictures of Rachel and I from her birth until just last summer when her soccer team won provincials.
  • The boys' baseball team will be competing at the 12-team provincials June 5-7 at Reston.
2An inhabitant of the regions outside the capital city of a country, especially when regarded as unsophisticated or narrow-minded.
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  • But then people stopped wearing dunces-caps in the towns because it came to be seen as a sign of a provincial, a peasant.
  • Instead it reminds us that men such as Dabney were hardly rustic provincials.
  • Ask yourself why countless numbers of people (maybe provincials like yourself) like lemmings are fleeing the capital?
Synonyms
hillbilly, (country) bumpkin, country cousin, rustic, yokel, village idiot, peasant, hayseed, hick, rube, redneck
3 Christian Church The head or chief of a province or of a religious order in a province.
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  • As provincial of his order, he addressed temperance meetings throughout Ireland.
  • By 1923, the Capuchin provincial asked Solanus to keep a notebook of special cases and reported healings related to his consultations.
  • It does say that he was upset with the poor catechetical materials used in parishes in Australia and that his provincial reprimanded him for preaching on hell.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin provincialis 'belonging to a province' (see province).

Derivatives

provinciality

Pronunciation: /prəˌvinSHēˈalətē/
noun
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  • Over the generations, men who saw themselves as metropolitan sophisticates traveled to America and were suddenly confronted with their own provinciality.
  • To be smug about any locale - even New York City - is itself a mark of provinciality and bad taste.
  • The Early Devonian saw a decline to 20 genera, with a slow return by the end of the Pragian, a tectonically active phase marked by global sea level drawdowns, and provinciality.

provincialization

Pronunciation: /prəˌvinSHələˈzāSHən/
noun
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  • One could even say that the American artistic and literary culture has a tendency toward ‘provincialization.’
  • Contemporary dacha settlements, according to Lovell, can be seen variously as ‘a symptom of the provincialization of city life,’ ‘evidence of the peasantization of Russia's ‘middle class’,’ or ‘a form of shanty exurbanization.’
  • No doubt, too, Labour concluded that provincialization inhibited its effective involvement in national policy-making.

provincially

adverb
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  • He's bright, he's articulate, he knows and understand politics, he's worked federally and provincially, he gets the business play - I think he'd be a great mayor.
  • ‘Health care is a provincially mandated service,’ said McKeon Holmes.
  • It's remarkable [because] he's been in politics five years provincially, that it has taken him this long, but what can you say?

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