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Definitions for predestinate
prɪˈdɛs təˌneɪt; -nɪt, -ˌneɪtpre·des·ti·nate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. foreordained, predestinate, predestinedverb

    established or prearranged unalterably

    "his place in history was foreordained"; "a sense of predestinate inevitability about it"; "it seemed predestined since the beginning of the world"

  2. predestine, predestinate, foreordainverb

    foreordain by divine will or decree


  1. predestinateverb

    To predestine.

    Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son. uE000451385uE001 Rom. viii. 29.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    To appoint beforehand by irreversible decree.

    Etymology: predestiner, Fr. præ and destino, Lat.

    Some gentleman or other shall scape a predestinate scratcht face. William Shakespeare.

    Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son. Romans viii. 29.

    Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself. Eph. i. 5.

  2. To Predestinateverb

    To hold predestination. In ludicrous language.

    His ruff crest he rears,
    And pricks up his predestinating ears. Dryden.


  1. predestinate

    Predestinate refers to the divine foreordaining or predetermination of all that will happen, especially concerning the salvation or damnation of particular individuals. It is a concept often associated with certain theological doctrines or philosophies.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Predestinateadjective

    predestinated; foreordained; fated

  2. Predestinateverb

    to predetermine or foreordain; to appoint or ordain beforehand by an unchangeable purpose or decree; to preelect

  3. Etymology: [L. praedestinatus, p. p. of praedestinare to predestine; prae before + destinare to determine. See Destine.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of predestinate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of predestinate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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