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[verb pri-des-tuh-neyt; adjective pri-des-tuh-nit, -neyt] /verb prɪˈdɛs təˌneɪt; adjective prɪˈdɛs tə nɪt, -ˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), predestinated, predestinating.
Theology. to foreordain by divine decree or purpose.
Obsolete. to foreordain; predetermine.
predestined; foreordained.
Origin of predestinate
1350-1400; Middle English predestinaten (v.) < Latin praedestinātus, past participle of praedestināre to appoint beforehand. See pre-, destine, -ate1
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predestinately, adverb Unabridged
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  • The adversary chiefly contemplated by the tragedians is Fate, or predestinate misfortune.

  • Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate, to be conformed to the image of his Son.

  • Brethren,—The subject of my discourse will be found in the following text: "Whom he did predestinate," &c.

  • Perhaps what I have called coldness is a predestinate and ancient endurance.

    George Bernard Shaw Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • Whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified.

  • Now this criminal of ours is predestinate to crime also; he too have child-brain, and it is of the child to do what he have done.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • O how few are there to whom Jupiter hath been so favourable as to predestinate them to plant cabbages!

  • Whom God did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son.

British Dictionary definitions for predestinate


verb (priːˈdɛstɪˌneɪt)
(transitive) another word for predestine
adjective (priːˈdɛstɪnɪt; -ˌneɪt)
predestined or foreordained
(theol) subject to predestination; decided by God from all eternity
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