from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To fix upon, decide, or decree in advance; foreordain.
  • transitive v. Theology To foreordain or elect by divine will or decree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To determine the future or the fate of something in advance; to preordain.
  • v. To foreordain by divine will.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To decree beforehand; to foreordain; to predestinate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To decree beforehand; predetermine; foreordain; predestinate.
  • Synonyms See predestinate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. foreordain by divine will or decree
  • v. foreordain or determine beforehand
  • v. decree or determine beforehand


Middle English predestinen, from Old French predestiner, from Late Latin praedēstināre : Latin prae-, pre- + Latin dēstināre, to determine; see destiny.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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