predestinate

adjective
pre·​des·​ti·​nate | \ prē-ˈde-stə-nət How to pronounce predestinate (audio) , -ˌnāt \

Definition of predestinate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: destined, fated, or determined beforehand

predestinate

verb
pre·​des·​ti·​nate | \ prē-ˈde-stə-ˌnāt How to pronounce predestinate (audio) \
predestinated; predestinating

Definition of predestinate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to foreordain to an earthly or eternal lot or destiny by divine decree
2 archaic : predetermine

First Known Use of predestinate

Adjective

1528, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for predestinate

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin praedestinatus, past participle of praedestinare

Verb

Middle English, from Latin praedestinatus, past participle

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“Predestinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/predestinate. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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