- to settle or decide in advance: He had predetermined his answer to the offer.
- to ordain in advance; predestine: She believed that God had predetermined her sorrow.
- to direct or impel; influence strongly: His sympathy for the poor predetermined his choice of a career.
Origin of predetermine
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Examples from the Web for predetermination
God's absolute decree and predetermination of all events, good or evil.The Arabian Nights Entertainments
But the predetermination of the new Thomists is not perhaps exactly that which one needs.
That is involved in prevision and predetermination, and forms the reason thereof.
It heard with predetermination, and decided without evidence.Brave Men and Women
This is indeed shifting the argument; for if Gods knowledge makes an event certain, of course it is not his predetermination.Calvinistic Controversy
- to determine beforehand
- to influence or incline towards an opinion beforehand; bias
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Word Origin and History for predetermination
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