- an act of predestinating or predestining.
- the state of being predestinated or predestined.
- fate; destiny.
Origin of predestination
Examples from the Web for predestination
But the freedom is not incompatible with the predestination, nor the predestination with the freedom.Mind and Motion and Monism
George John Romanes
Why, don't you know, you little goose, that these are signs of your predestination?My New Curate
No subject has been more warmly discussed in Islm than that of predestination.The Faith of Islam
The tenet of predestination was the keystone of his religion.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
We set there as solemn as if parson was preachin' to us on 'lection and predestination.Aunt Jane of Kentucky
Eliza Calvert Hall
- the act of God foreordaining every event from eternity
- the doctrine or belief, esp associated with Calvin, that the final salvation of some of mankind is foreordained from eternity by God
- the act of predestining or the state of being predestined
Word Origin and History for predestination
mid-14c., "the action of God in foreordaining certain of mankind through grace to salvation or eternal life," from Old French predestinacion and directly from Church Latin praedestinationem (nominative praedestinatio) "a determining beforehand," noun of action from past participle stem of praedestinare "set before as a goal; appoint or determine beforehand," from Latin prae- "before" (see pre-) + destinare "appoint, determine" (see destiny). First used in theological sense by Augustine; given prominence by Calvin.