- 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 praeteriti&omacron;, praeteriti&omacron;n-, a passing over, from Latin praeteritus, past participle of praeter&imacron;re, to go by; see preterite.
NounSee also: praeterition
(countable and uncountable, plural preteritions)