What does provincial mean?

Definitions for provincial
prəˈvɪn ʃəlpro·vin·cial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. provincialnoun

    (Roman Catholic Church) an official in charge of an ecclesiastical province acting under the superior general of a religious order

    "the general of the Jesuits receives monthly reports from the provincials"

  2. peasant, provincial, bucolicadjective

    a country person

  3. provincialadjective

    of or associated with a province

    "provincial government"

  4. provincialadjective

    characteristic of the provinces or their people

    "deeply provincial and conformist"; "in that well-educated company I felt uncomfortably provincial"; "narrow provincial attitudes"

Wiktionary

  1. provincialnoun

    A person belonging to a province; one who is provincial.

  2. provincialnoun

    A monastic superior, who, under the general of his order, has the direction of all the religious houses of the same fraternity in a given district, called a province of the order.

  3. provincialnoun

    A country bumpkin.

  4. provincialadjective

    Of or pertaining to province; constituting a province; as, a provincial government; a provincial dialect.

  5. provincialadjective

    Exhibiting the ways or manners of a province; characteristic of the inhabitants of a province.

  6. provincialadjective

    Not cosmopolitan; countrified; not polished; rude; hence, narrow; illiberal.

  7. provincialadjective

    Of or pertaining to an ecclesiastical province, or to the jurisdiction of an archbishop; not ecumenical; as, a provincial synod.

  8. provincialadjective

    Of or pertaining to Provence; Provencal.

  9. provincialadjective

    limited in outlook; narrow

  10. Etymology: From provincialis, confer Provencal.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Provincialadjective

    Etymology: provincial, Fr. from province.

    The duke dare not more stretch
    This finger of mine, than he dare rack his own;
    His subject am I not, nor here provincial. William Shakespeare.

    Some have delivered the polity of spirits, and left an account even to their provincial dominions. Brown.

    They build and treat with such magnificence,
    That, like th’ ambitious monarchs of the age,
    They give the law to our provincial stage. Dryden.

    A country ’squire having only the provincial accent upon his tongue, which is neither a fault, nor in his power to remedy, must marry a cast wench. Jonathan Swift.

    A law made in a provincial synod, is properly termed a provincial constitution. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

  2. Provincialnoun

    A spiritual governor.

    Etymology: provincial, Fr. from province.

    Valignanus was provincial of the Jesuits in the Indies. Edward Stillingfleet.

ChatGPT

  1. provincial

    Provincial can be defined as something or someone associated with the regions or local areas outside of a major city or the capital, typically characterized by a simpler, traditional, or conservative lifestyle and attitudes. It often describes a person, behavior, or perspective that reflects a narrow-mindedness or limited perspective due to a lack of exposure to a broader range of experiences. It can also refer to a government or administrative body that operates on a local level, overseeing a specific province or region within a larger country or state.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Provincialadjective

    of or pertaining to province; constituting a province; as, a provincial government; a provincial dialect

  2. Provincialadjective

    exhibiting the ways or manners of a province; characteristic of the inhabitants of a province; not cosmopolitan; countrified; not polished; rude; hence, narrow; illiberal

  3. Provincialadjective

    of or pertaining to an ecclesiastical province, or to the jurisdiction of an archbishop; not ecumenical; as, a provincial synod

  4. Provincialadjective

    of or pertaining to Provence; Provencal

  5. Provincialnoun

    a person belonging to a province; one who is provincial

  6. Provincialnoun

    a monastic superior, who, under the general of his order, has the direction of all the religious houses of the same fraternity in a given district, called a province of the order

  7. Etymology: [L. provincialis: cf. F. provincial. See Province, and cf. Provencal.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Provincial

    prō-vin′shal, adj. pertaining to Provence or Provençal.—Provincial rose, the cabbage-rose—from Provins-rose, Provins in Seine-et-Marne, being famous for its roses: (Shak.) a rosette formerly worn on the shoe.

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  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'provincial' in Adjectives Frequency: #723

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of provincial in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of provincial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of provincial in a Sentence

  1. Najeeb Saeed:

    Since the occupation in 2003 we have not had any representative from Tikrit in the provincial council or parliament. Because Saddam was from Tikrit. They say in Baghdad we ruled Iraq for 35 years and it's enough.

  2. Mike Pompeo:

    But when the Taliban pushed us, we crushed them, when you set a date certain, and they push on you and you withdraw, inch by inch, yard by yard, this didn't just happen in 11 days-- that's the myth the Biden administration tells. This wasn't 11 days, this was weeks and weeks and weeks of the Taliban advancing on provincial capitals all across the country.

  3. Dirk Pfeiffer:

    This is what is needed. At a national level and even provincial level the policies were okay, but there were shortcomings in the way they were translated. And that's something that needs to be worked out to stop this disease.

  4. Deborah Lyons:

    The war in Afghanistan has entered a new, deadlier, and more destructive phase, the provincial capitals of Kandahar, Herat, and Lashkar Gahin particular havecome under significant pressure. This is a clear attempt by the Taliban to seize urban centers with the force of arms.

  5. Muhtarama Amin:

    All women working in government are in great danger. And the situation is especially bad for provincial council members.

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