He had been a provincial doctor; he had a civil appointment, and had no sooner taken it up than intrigues began. (not reviewed by editor)
It appeared that they had known one another before, and had spent some time together in a little provincial town three months ago. (not reviewed by editor)
That same evening I stopped at a small provincial hotel, and it so happened that a dreadful murder had been committed there the night before, and everybody was talking about it. (not reviewed by editor)
He had served, at first, in one of the civil departments, had then attended to matters connected with the local government of provincial towns, and had of late been a corresponding member of several important scientific societies. (not reviewed by editor)
Samples from Other Sources
In that well-traveled company I felt uncomfortably provincial.
narrow provincial attitudes
Without consideration, he dismissed her ideas as provincial.
To the urbane, such a view sometimes sounds embarrassingly provincial.
Nicholas Eberstadt -- Starved for Ideas -- http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.7134/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
In the years since, ... educational thinkers have unapologetically called for schooling to free students from the yoke of their family`s provincial understandings.
Frederick M. Hess -- What Is a "Public School"? -- http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.19900/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
He was one of Herat`s best-connected men, friend of the mayor and the provincial governor.
Khaled Hosseini -- A Thousand Splendid Suns
...to correct Henry`s provincial manners and speech and clothing.