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preordination

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n preordination (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)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Preordination The act of foreordaining: previous determination. "The preordination of God."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n preordination The act of preordaining; predetermination; foreordination.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. préordination,

Usage

In literature:

And if so be it was preordinated for thee, wouldst thou be so impious as not to acquiesce in thy destiny?
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Your conclusion that all speculation about preordination is idle waste of time is the only wise one; but how difficult it is not to speculate!
"More Letters of Charles Darwin" by Charles Darwin
Preordination, speculation as to.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
A merciless preordination had stacked the cards against him again.
"The River's End" by James Oliver Curwood
Was it not preordination?
"The Right of Way, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
And if so be it was preordinated for thee, wouldst thou be so impious as not to acquiesce in thy destiny?
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book III." by Francois Rabelais
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