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[verb pri-des-tuh-neyt; adjective pri-des-tuh-nit, -neyt]
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verb (used with object), pre·des·ti·nat·ed, pre·des·ti·nat·ing.
  1. Theology. to foreordain by divine decree or purpose.
  2. Obsolete. to foreordain; predetermine.
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  1. predestined; foreordained.
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Origin of predestinate

1350–1400; Middle English predestinaten (v.) < Latin praedestinātus, past participle of praedestināre to appoint beforehand. See pre-, destine, -ate1
Related formspre·des·ti·nate·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for predestinate

Historical Examples

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

    The Ordinance of Covenanting

    John Cunningham

  • 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.


    Bram Stoker

British Dictionary definitions for predestinate


verb (priːˈdɛstɪˌneɪt)
  1. (tr) another word for predestine
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adjective (priːˈdɛstɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)
  1. predestined or foreordained
  2. theol subject to predestination; decided by God from all eternity
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