Definition of predestine in English:


Line breaks: pre|des¦tine
Pronunciation: /priːˈdɛstɪn


[with object]
  • 1(Of God) destine (someone) for a particular fate or purpose: Calvinists believed that every person was predestined by God to go to heaven or to hell
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    • Although Protestant reformers taught that God had predestined each individual to salvation or damnation, they still expected her to live a godly life, obeying God rather than man.
    • The first act of God to remedy the damage and danger, was to predestine an elect people to be restored to the image of his son.
    • It is through grace, as Augustine explains, not merit, that God predestines his elect.
  • 1.1Determine (an outcome or course of events) in advance by divine will or fate: (as adjective predestined) our predestined end
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    • Tenacious resistance was also demonstrated by the remnants of the First Army caught in the jaws of the German trap and knowing that the outcome was predestined.
    • But I know I'm not going to pay any attention to those who tell me that the election result is predestined, even if… make that especially if they tell me what I want to hear.
    • Of course Rhyann had absolutely no clue what exactly what predestined event her grandmother was trying to halt.


late Middle English: from Old French predestiner or ecclesiastical Latin praedestinare (see predestinate).

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