pre·​des·​ti·​na·​tion | \ (ˌ)prē-ˌde-stə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce predestination (audio) , ˌprē-de- \

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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Recent Examples on the Web One was predestination; the other depressed a nation. Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2021 About that wheel: The fictional world of this series is one dominated by a religion that believes fiercely in reincarnation and in something that edges up to predestination. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 16 Nov. 2021 Her surname—like several others in this story—seems to bear the mark of predestination; in this case, the ashes-to-ashes sense of circularity. Lisa Wells, Harper's Magazine, 28 Sep. 2021 The doctrine of social class as predestination has rarely been presented so succinctly. Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2021 Many white evangelicals had already begun to shun vaccines altogether, and part of their rationale is this sense of predestination. Monica Potts, The Atlantic, 21 July 2021 The Puritan belief in predestination dictates that salvation is predetermined and that no amount of good works (or bad) will change one’s fate in the afterlife., 6 May 2021 Belief in predestination actually hindered the emergence of modern capitalism’s key idea—that human beings can rationally advance their own and others’ economic condition. Benjamin M. Friedman, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2021 By Adam Smith’s time, however, Protestant thought had turned away from the idea of predestination. Benjamin M. Friedman, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of predestination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Predestination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of predestination

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


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