Definition of predestinate in English:


Line breaks: pre|des¦tin|ate


Pronunciation: /priːˈdɛstɪneɪt
[with object]
  • Predestine.
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    • Because the great predestinating purpose of God is to conform us to the likeness of His Son.
    • Other verses emphasise the same truth - the God who chooses us predestinates us.
    • Though it is never said that the non-elect are predestinated to damnation, Augustine was inclined to distinguish his view from Manichee dualism by stressing freedom in God, not freedom in man.


Pronunciation: /priːˈdɛstɪnət
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  • Predestined.
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    • But if we are among the elect, surely we shall rise from sin to fulfil God's predetermined purpose. ‘The whole Christ’ is predestinate.
    • For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn.
    • By stars and red checks, smiles and frowns, prizes, honors, and disgraces, I teach kids to surrender their will to the predestinated chain of command.


late Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin praedestinat- 'made firm beforehand', from the verb praedestinare, from prae 'in advance' + destinare 'establish'.

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