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Definition resulting from God's intervention or plan; or lucky — especially with regard to when something happened

More rarely providence may mean to prepare for the future. This is the sense that relates more directly to provident or improvident.
  • On the eve of battle, he prayed that providence was in our favor.
providence = luck; or God's plan
  • Providence has been good to me.
  • providence = luck; or God's plan
  • And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • providence = God's intervention
  • Sometimes, when Providence is not so kind, I...
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • providence = luck; or God's plan
  • But I must say Providence was kind enough to burn down that old mausoleum of mine, I'm too old to keep it up—
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • providence = God's plan
  • PUTNAM: It is a providence the thing is out now!
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • providence = resulting from God's intervention or plan
  • So that by the favour of Providence, and vigour of his youth, being now but thirty years old, he came, at last, to conquer all the inconveniencies of his solitude, and to be very easy.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • providence = God's intervention or plan
  • If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom...
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
  • providence = plan of God
  • Providence had stood by me this fur all right, but I was hard and tight aground now.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • providence = luck; or God's intervention
  • ...for I'd noticed that Providence always did put the right words in my mouth if I left it alone.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • providence = luck; or God's intervention
  • Thish yer comes of trust'n to Providence.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • providence = luck; or "God's intervention"
  • Sometimes the widow would take me one side and talk about Providence in a way to make a body's mouth water; but maybe next day Miss Watson would take hold and knock it all down again.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • providence = God's plan
  • I judged I could see that there was two Providences, and a poor chap would stand considerable show with the widow's Providence, but if Miss Watson's got him there warn't no help for him any more.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • providence = (views of) God's plan or intervention
  • They couldn't hit no project that suited exactly; so at last the duke said he reckoned he'd lay off and work his brains an hour or two and see if he couldn't put up something on the Arkansaw village; and the king he allowed he would drop over to t'other village without any plan, but just trust in Providence to lead him the profitable way—meaning the devil, I reckon.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • providence = luck; or "God's intervention"
  • And at last, when it hit me all of a sudden that here was the plain hand of Providence slapping me in the face and letting me know my wickedness was being watched all the time from up there in heaven, whilst I was stealing a poor old woman's nigger that hadn't ever done me no harm, and now was showing me there's One that's always on the lookout, and ain't a-going to allow no such miserable doings to go only just so fur and no further, I most dropped in my tracks I was so scared.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • providence = God's intervention
  • DANFORTH: Why—this is indeed a providence.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • It is a providence, and no great change; we are only what we always were, but naked now.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • HATHORNE, with a mystical tone: God be praised! It is a providence! He rushes out the door, and his voice is heard calling down the corridor: He will confess!
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • It is a providence.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • It is a providence.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible

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