preterition

noun
pret·er·i·tion | \ˌpretəˈrishən\
plural -s

Definition of preterition 

3 : the Calvinistic doctrine that having elected to eternal life such as he chose God passed over the rest leaving them to eternal death — compare reprobation sense b

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History and Etymology for preterition

Late Latin praeterition-, praeteritio, from Latin praeteritus (past participle of praeterire) + -ion-, -io -ion

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