predestination

noun pre·des·ti·na·tion \ (ˌ)prē-ˌde-stə-ˈnā-shən , ˌprē-de- \
Updated on: 6 Jan 2018

Definition of predestination

1 : the act of predestinating : the state of being predestinated
2 : the doctrine that God in consequence of his foreknowledge of all events infallibly guides those who are destined for salvation

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First Known Use of predestination

14th century


PREDESTINATION Defined for English Language Learners

predestination

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Definition of predestination for English Language Learners

  • : the belief that everything that will happen has already been decided by God or fate and cannot be changed



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