[verb pri-des-tuh-neyt; adjective pri-des-tuh-nit, -neyt]

verb (used with object), pre·des·ti·nat·ed, pre·des·ti·nat·ing.

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
Related formspre·des·ti·nate·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for predestinated

Historical Examples of predestinated

  • 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

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


    August Strindberg

  • "I wish I were as certainly 'predestinated' as he is;" said Lynn, with a smile and a sigh.


    Marion Harland

  • If predestinated to perform a certain work, there would be no choice but to do that work.

  • Do you call disorder, so fine a regulation of a predestinated life?

    The Queen Pedauque

    Anatole France

British Dictionary definitions for predestinated


verb (priːˈdɛstɪˌneɪt)

(tr) another word for predestine

adjective (priːˈdɛstɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)

predestined or foreordained
theol subject to predestination; decided by God from all eternity
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