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verb (used with object), pre·des·tined, pre·des·tin·ing.
  1. to destine in advance; foreordain; predetermine: He seemed predestined for the ministry.
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Origin of predestine

1350–1400; Middle English predestinen < Latin praedestināre. See pre-, destine
Related formspre·des·ti·na·ble, adjectiveun·pre·des·tined, adjective
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  • He lived, as it were, under the shadow of some fatal curse which seemed to predestine all his actions to failure.

    Court Beauties of Old Whitehall

    W. R. H. Trowbridge

British Dictionary definitions for predestine



verb (tr)
  1. to foreordain; determine beforehand
  2. theol (of God) to decree from eternity (any event, esp the final salvation of individuals)
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Derived Formspredestinable, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Latin praedestināre to resolve beforehand, from destināre to determine, destine
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Word Origin and History for predestine


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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