Definition of Predestination

1. Noun. Previous determination as if by destiny or fate.

Generic synonyms: Destiny, Fate
Derivative terms: Predestinationist, Predestine, Predestine



2. Noun. (theology) being determined in advance; especially the doctrine (usually associated with Calvin) that God has foreordained every event throughout eternity (including the final salvation of mankind).
Exact synonyms: Foreordination, Predetermination, Preordination
Specialized synonyms: Election
Category relationships: Divinity, Theology
Generic synonyms: Theological Doctrine
Derivative terms: Foreordain, Foreordain, Predestinarian, Predestinationist, Predestine, Predetermine, Preordain

Definition of Predestination

1. n. The act of predestinating.

Definition of Predestination

1. Noun. (theology) The doctrine that everything has been foreordained by a God, especially that certain people have been elected for salvation, with others destined for reprobation. ¹

2. Noun. Destiny or fate. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Predestination

1. [n -S]

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Literary usage of Predestination

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1. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"In express terms he teaches that predestination is an essential part of the divine ... He teaches further that this predestination does not depend upon any ..."

2. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"There the doctrine of predestination was regarded as a heresy about 450; the presbyter Lucidus who taught it was recalled, 473; and two synods (Aries and ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"A. The predestination of the Elect.—He who would place the reason of ... Let it be noted that we do not speak of the "cause" of predestination, ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"A. The predestination of the Elect.—He who would place the reason of ... Let it be noted that we do not speak of the "cause" of predestination, ..."

5. The Journal of English and Germanic Philology by Ill.) University of Illinois (Urbana (1918)
"TROILUS ON predestination A cardinal sin of the middle ages according to the average modern critic is its long-windedness; another is its proneness to ..."

6. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"A. The predestination of the Elect.—He who would place the reason of ... To the further question whether Divine predestination does not at least take into ..."

7. The Reformation by George Park Fisher (1906)
"on the Continent on the subject of predestination. On this subject, for a long period, the Protestants generally were united in opinion. ..."

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