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[pri-des-tin] /prɪˈdɛs tɪn/
verb (used with object), predestined, predestining.
to destine in advance; foreordain; predetermine:
He seemed predestined for the ministry.
Origin of predestine
1350-1400; Middle English predestinen < Latin praedestināre. See pre-, destine
Related forms
predestinable, adjective
unpredestined, adjective Unabridged
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  • Now it did seem that Langdon had come into his own—that he had found his predestined master.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • He that is to be saved will be saved, and he that is predestined to be damned will be damned.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • Really, our predestined paths are badly tangled, just now; aren't they?

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • The life that was within him knew that it was the one way out, the way he was predestined to tread.

    White Fang Jack London
  • The logic of the revolution has worked to its predestined conclusion.

  • But to him it was one of the little ways of his predestined mate, old age.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • It was like predestined welcome, a confirming of his hardihood.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • But it was poor Tomassov's lot to be the predestined victim.

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
  • It seemed to me that I had always known him, that we were predestined for each other.

British Dictionary definitions for predestined


verb (transitive)
to foreordain; determine beforehand
(theol) (of God) to decree from eternity (any event, esp the final salvation of individuals)
Derived Forms
predestinable, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin praedestināre to resolve beforehand, from destināre to determine, destine
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Word Origin and History for predestined



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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