pre·​des·​ti·​na·​tion (ˌ)prē-ˌde-stə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce predestination (audio)
: the act of predestinating : the state of being predestinated
: the doctrine that God in consequence of his foreknowledge of all events infallibly guides those who are destined for salvation

Examples of predestination in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Request a Demo Rorty’s version of redemption stands out against certain religious strands in that it is explicitly set against predestination or essentialism. Big Think, 14 June 2024 This is a fun twist on the ancient idea of prophecy or predestination and, as such, makes for some compelling narrative uses—for a while, anyway. Jennifer Ouellette and Sean M. Carroll, Ars Technica, 24 Nov. 2023 Entertainment Score: 7 Science Score: 9 Arrival (2016) Enlarge / Denis Villeneuve's first foray into sci-fi offers a fun twist on the ancient idea of prophesy or predestination. Jennifer Ouellette and Sean M. Carroll, Ars Technica, 24 Nov. 2023 In a place where both psychohistory and predestination exist, how much does personal choice matter? Marah Eakin, WIRED, 14 July 2023 Weber pointed in particular to the Calvinist notion of predestination—the belief that God decided whether each individual would be saved or damned before the person was even born. Benjamin M. Friedman, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2021 None of this amounts to spiritual predestination. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 24 Aug. 2021 From the moment the brackets were released last Sunday, a final meeting between Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and Michigan State's Tom Izzo seemed like an act of basketball predestination — a necessary conclusion between two coaches that have met more times than any other pair in the NCAA Tournament. David Thompson, USA TODAY, 20 Mar. 2022 That is how predestination works. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of predestination was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Predestination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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pre·​des·​ti·​na·​tion (ˌ)prē-ˌdes-tə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce predestination (audio)
: the act of predestining
: the state of being predestined
: the doctrine that God has predestined some persons to eternal happiness and others to eternal punishment
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