predestination[prē des′tə nā′s̸hən]
predestination definition by Webster's New World
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- Theol. the doctrine that
- God foreordained everything that would happen
- God predestines certain souls to salvation and, esp. in Calvinism, others to damnation
- a predestinating or being predestinated; destiny; fate
Origin: Middle English predestinacioun ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin praedestinatio
predestination definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- The act of predestining or the condition of being predestined.
- Theology a. The doctrine that God has foreordained all things, especially that God has elected certain souls to eternal salvation.b. The divine decree foreordaining all souls to either salvation or damnation.c. The act of God foreordaining all things gone before and to come.
- Destiny; fate.