I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin praedestinatus, past participle of praedestinare Date: 14th century destined, fated, or determined beforehand II. transitive verb (-nated; -nating) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin praedestinatus, past participle Date: 15th century 1. to foreordain to an earthly or eternal lot or destiny by divine decree 2. archaic predetermine

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  • Predestinate — Pre*des ti*nate, a. [L. praedestinatus, p. p. of praedestinare to predestine; prae before + destinare to determine. See {Destine}.] Predestinated; foreordained; fated. A predestinate scratched face. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Predestinate — Pre*des ti*nate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Predestinated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Predestinating}.] [Cf. {Predestine}.] To predetermine or foreordain; to appoint or ordain beforehand by an unchangeable purpose or decree; to pre[ e]lect. [1913 Webster] Whom… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • predestinate — index prearrange, predetermine Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • predestinate — [prē des′tə nit; ] for v. [, prē des′tənāt΄] adj. [ME predestynate < L praedestinatus, pp. of praedestinare, to PREDESTINE] predestinated or foreordained vt. predestinated, predestinating 1. Theol. to foreordain by divine decree or intent 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • predestinate — predestinately, adv. v. /pri des teuh nayt /; adj. /pri des teuh nit, nayt /, v., predestinated, predestinating, adj. v.t. 1. Theol. to foreordain by divine decree or purpose. 2. Obs. to foreordain; predetermine. adj. 3. predestined; foreordained …   Universalium

  • predestinate — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To determine the future of in advance: destine, fate, foreordain, predestine, predetermine, preordain. See CERTAIN …   English dictionary for students

  • predestinate — pre·des·ti·nate || ‚prɪː destɪneɪt v. decree, preordain (by a higher power); decide in advance, predetermine, predestine …   English contemporary dictionary

  • predestinate — verb pri: dɛstɪneɪt predestine. adjective pri: dɛstɪnət predestined. Origin ME: from eccles. L. praedestinat , praedestinare make firm beforehand , from prae in advance + destinare establish …   English new terms dictionary

  • predestinate — v. a. Predetermine, foreordain, preordain, predestine, foredoom, appoint before hand …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • predestinate — v 1.Theology, (all by divine decree or purpose) fate, ordain, doom, Rare. destinate; predetermine, predestine, preordain, foreordain, fore ordinate, foredoom, predecide, preelect, Inf. have in store for. adj 2. ordained, doomed, destined, fated,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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