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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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  • Whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified.

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

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

    George Bernard Shaw Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • Whom God did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son.

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

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

  • The adversary chiefly contemplated by the tragedians is Fate, or predestinate misfortune.

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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