1610s, "pertaining to foresight" (implied in providentially); 1640s as "pertaining to divine providence," from Latin providentia "foresight, precaution, foreknowledge" (see providence) + -al (1). Meaning "by divine interposition, effected by the providence of God" is recorded from 1719. Related: Providentially.
updated on December 27, 2020
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