predetermination :

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  • n  (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)
  • n  a mental determination or resolve in advance; an antecedent intention to do something
    he entered the argument with a predetermination to prove me wrong
  • n  the act of determining or ordaining in advance what is to take place

  • That might have prevented his dismissing as trivial every moving force in the expanding human makeup outside of genetic predetermination and breeding practices.
  • If that sounds like a prescription for predetermination, even fatalism, Wright points out that what is natural is not necessarily unchangeable.
  • That their votes are cast together is the result of chance, not predetermination.

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