- a passing over; omission
- Law an omitting of one or more legal heirs from a will
- Theol. the passing over by God of those not elect: a doctrine of Calvinism
Origin of preteritionLate Latin praeteritio from Classical Latin praeteritus: see preterit
- The act of passing by, disregarding, or omitting.
- Law The failure of a testator to provide for a legal heir in his or her will.
- Christianity The Calvinist doctrine that God neglected to designate those who would be damned, positively determining only the elect.
Origin of preteritionLate Latin praeteritiō praeteritiōn- a passing over from Latin praeteritus past participle of praeterīre to go by ; see preterite .
NounSee also: praeterition
(countable and uncountable, plural preteritions)