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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.

Origin of predestine

1350–1400; Middle English predestinen < Latin praedestināre. See pre-, destine
Related formspre·des·ti·na·ble, adjectiveun·pre·des·tined, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of predestined

  • Now it did seem that Langdon had come into his own—that he had found his predestined master.


    W. A. Fraser

  • He that is to be saved will be saved, and he that is predestined to be damned will be damned.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Really, our predestined paths are badly tangled, just now; aren't they?

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • The life that was within him knew that it was the one way out, the way he was predestined to tread.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • The logic of the revolution has worked to its predestined conclusion.

British Dictionary definitions for predestined



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

Word Origin for predestine

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



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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