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predestinate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj predestinate 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"
    • v predestinate foreordain by divine will or decree
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Predestinate Predestinated; foreordained; fated. "A predestinate scratched face."
    • v. t Predestinate To predetermine or foreordain; to appoint or ordain beforehand by an unchangeable purpose or decree; to preëlect. "Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • predestinate To predetermine or foreordain; appoint or ordain beforehand by an unchangeable purpose.
    • predestinate Synonyms Predestinate, Foreordain, Predestine, decree, foredoom. Predestinate and foreordain are exact words, applying only to the acts of God; predestine is used somewhat more freely.
    • predestinate Predestinated; foreordained; fated.
    • n predestinate One who is predestinated or foreordained to a particular end.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Predestinate to determine beforehand: to preordain by an unchangeable purpose
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Quotations

  • Hal Luyah
    Hal Luyah
    “Man was predestined to have free will.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praedestinatus, p. p. of praedestinare, to predestine; prae, before + destinare, to determine. See Destine

Usage

In literature:

My sister is predestined to every possible felicity.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, Issue 2, February, 1864" by Various
The doctrine of predestination came back in the shape of fate or necessity.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
It was thus predestined by nature as the seat of the second city on the west slope of Italy.
"Seeing Europe with Famous Authors, Volume 7" by Various
Supposing, after all, there is no predestinate engineer!
"Anticipations" by Herbert George Wells
Wonder if I'm 'predestinated,' as old Jed'diah says, to git the feller to it?
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume V. (of X.)" by Various
I was predestined to fill a high and influential place.
"The Fifth Wheel" by Olive Higgins Prouty
In such crises the twig is predestined to snap, or the pebble to roll.
"Branded" by Francis Lynde
Perhaps what I have called coldness is a predestinate and ancient endurance.
"George Bernard Shaw" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
My sainted parents, both good Presbyterians in their day, would doubtless have urged predestination.
"The Statesmen Snowbound" by Robert Fitzgerald
Predestined victims, simple-minded sacrificial lambs!
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
As his adversaries had shaped the issue he was predestined to victory in a free country.
"John Quincy Adams" by John. T. Morse
And who was the predestined heir of that Majesty?
"Modern Atheism under its forms of Pantheism, Materialism, Secularism, Development, and Natural Laws" by James Buchanan
To seek him in the throng of the city was futile, and an attempt predestined to failure.
"Dross" by Henry Seton Merriman
Why, don't you know, you little goose, that these are signs of your predestination?
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
What if thou wert born and predestined not to be Happy, but to be Unhappy!
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
No subject has been more warmly discussed in Islam than that of predestination.
"The Faith of Islam" by Edward Sell
Nature from the first clearly intended that Alfriston men should be too much for the excise; smuggling was predestined.
"Highways & Byways in Sussex" by E.V. Lucas
Its line are all predestined.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
He was the Deliverer and the Restorer predestined of God.
"Gloria Crucis addresses delivered in Lichfield Cathedral Holy Week and Good Friday, 1907" by J. H. Beibitz
Sent on to meet predestined fate in Lords.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, May 27, 1914" by Various
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In poetry:

Predestined thus they do retain
That image earliest given,
To Adam, yet unknowing pain,
From heaven.
"The Angels Of Earth" by James Avis Bartley
'Farewell, wonder of azure and of gold
Surrounding the Transfiguration's power:
Assuage now with a woman's last caress
The bitterness of my predestined hour!
"August" by Boris Pasternak
Poor plaintive waif of a predestined race,
Their ruin gapes for thee. Why linger here?
Go hence in silence. Veil thine orphaned face,
Lest I should look on it and call it dear.
"Moonrise Over Tyringham" by Edith Wharton
A little while to hold thee and to stand,
By harvest-fields of bending golden corn;
Then the predestined silence, and thine hand,
Lost in the night, long and weary and forlorn.
"Transition" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Again!
Come, give, yield all your strength to me!
From far a low word breathes on the breaking brain
Its cruel calm, submission's misery,
Gentling her awe as to a soul predestined.
Cease, silent love! My doom!
"A Prayer" by James Joyce
A dying race! We know it; the land is ours no more,
No more we roam the prairies as in the days of yore;
The brave, free spirit that was ours is crushed and passed away,
And bodies without spirits are predestined to decay.
"The Seer" by Robert James Campbell Stead

In news:

For all its controversy, predestination is something New Calvinists accept as part of their take-it-all-or-leave-it approach to the Bible.
Tiberius Takes Ethan Hawke Thriller ' Predestination '.
Inside Pages Entertainment Predestined Entertainment Presented Matchmaker.
Predestined Entertainment presented "Matchmaker" at the Fox Theater in Riverside Saturday evening.
Tiberius Takes Ethan Hawke Thriller 'Predestination'.
Sue McNulty's future may have been predestined.
He affirmed that the revolution was predestined to succeed.
She doesn't believe that Frisbee 's arrival across the hall was predestined.
There are some mash -up choices you'll make that seem predestined.
Predestined Entertainment presented "Matchmaker" at the Fox Theater in Riverside Saturday evening.
Inside Pages Entertainment Predestined Entertainment Presented Matchmaker .
Predestined Entertainment presented " Matchmaker " at the Fox Theater in Riverside Saturday evening.
6) Predestination of Good and Evil.
She, in fact, almost seemed predestined for the job.
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In science:

Penning trap mass spectrometers are predestined for that, they can improve the precision by more than an order of magnitude for almost all isotopes.
Consensus Report of a Workshop on "Matrix elements for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay"
For this reason, comments are believed to make commented papers less worthy or trusty to the eyes of the scientific community, and thus predestined to have low scientific impact.
In science "there is no bad publicity": Papers criticized in comments have high scientific impact
Scientists are, in fact, able to early recognize papers that are predestined to be highly influential, and thus these papers are more likely to be deeply examined and eventually commented.
In science "there is no bad publicity": Papers criticized in comments have high scientific impact
Such properties predestinate dendrimers for a variety of possible technological application.
Microscopic Density Functional Theory for Dendrimers
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