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[pri-des-tin] /prɪˈdɛs tɪn/
verb (used with object), predestined, predestining.
to destine in advance; foreordain; predetermine:
He seemed predestined for the ministry.
Origin of predestine
1350-1400; Middle English predestinen < Latin praedestināre. See pre-, destine
Related forms
predestinable, adjective
unpredestined, adjective Unabridged
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  • So it's no longer our fault because it was all predestined.
  • They found that the gene was active in the stem cells predestined to become muscle, but switched off in the other version.
  • Perhaps the point is that history does not lock us into a predestined route.
  • Railway and steamboat journeys were, of course, predestined through the ages as aids to the enjoyment of reading.
  • Sawyer was thus predestined to time travel and bury the ring even if he had no idea of its existence.
  • And being committed to the idea that defeat was not predestined, he fails to adequately address the backstory.
  • It was a flight predisposed, if not predestined, to being late.
  • For many people, much of this is predestined by the time a student graduates with his or her bachelor's degree.
  • But the progress was not predestined nor is its future guaranteed.
British Dictionary definitions for predestined


verb (transitive)
to foreordain; determine beforehand
(theol) (of God) to decree from eternity (any event, esp the final salvation of individuals)
Derived Forms
predestinable, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin praedestināre to resolve beforehand, from destināre to determine, destine
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Word Origin and History for predestined



late 14c., "to foreordain," from Old French prédestiner (12c.) "predestine, ordain" (of God) and directly from Latin praedestinare "determine beforehand" (see predestination). Related: Predestined; predestining; predestinate.

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