- to destine in advance; foreordain; predetermine: He seemed predestined for the ministry.
Origin of predestine
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He lived, as it were, under the shadow of some fatal curse which seemed to predestine all his actions to failure.Court Beauties of Old Whitehall
W. R. H. Trowbridge
- to foreordain; determine beforehand
- theol (of God) to decree from eternity (any event, esp the final salvation of individuals)
C14: from Latin praedestināre to resolve beforehand, from destināre to determine, destine
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Word Origin and History for predestine
late 14c., "to foreordain," from Old French prédestiner (12c.) "predestine, ordain" (of God) and directly from Latin praedestinare "determine beforehand" (see predestination). Related: Predestined; predestining; predestinate.
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