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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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  • Wonder if I'm 'predestinated,' as old Jed'diah says, to git the feller to it?

  • Being born and predestinated to suffer injustice, I have ceased to complain.

    Legends August Strindberg
  • Think not of the past, Meer Sahib, what happened was predestinated, and was the will of the All-powerful!

    Confessions of a Thug Philip Meadows Taylor
  • "I wish I were as certainly 'predestinated' as he is;" said Lynn, with a smile and a sigh.

    Alone Marion Harland
  • May He be ever before our hearts as the One to whom we are predestinated to be conformed!

    Life and Times of David Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • If predestinated to perform a certain work, there would be no choice but to do that work.

    The Plan of Salvation John Morgan
  • There is not a living thing upon the face of the earth but is predestinated to a certain end.

  • We are predestinated to be conformed to the image of Gods Son.

  • How doth hard lucke insue, that is predestinated by the heauens vppon our familly?

    The Palace of Pleasure William Painter
  • We are predestinated to be conformed, not to the law, but to the image of God's Son.

    The Assembly of God C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
British Dictionary definitions for predestinated


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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