If your best friend pulls up beside you in her convertible just as your bike gets a flat tire, you could call it providential, or magically lucky.

The Latin root of providential is providentia, "foresight or precaution." Providence changed over the years; it usually referred specifically to the care of God, and it was spelled with a capital P. Providential, likewise, has another meaning that's purely religious, "resulting from God's intervention." Whether you're talking about God or not, if something is providential, it feels a little miraculous.

Definitions of providential
  1. adjective
    peculiarly fortunate or appropriate; as if by divine intervention
    “a providential recovery”
    synonyms: heaven-sent, miraculous
    having unexpected good fortune
  2. adjective
    relating to or characteristic of providence
    “"assumption that nature operates only according to a providential plan"- M.R.Cohen”
  3. adjective
    resulting from divine providence
    providential care”
    “a providential visitation”
    synonyms: divine
    of or belonging to heaven or god
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