preordination :

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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)

  • Fortnight ago Rector Velasco was placed on trial before an ecclesiastical court of five local Episcopal priests, charged with: 1) violating his preordination pledge; 2) conduct .
  • In 1966 the number of preordination seminarians was 8,361; by 1992 it had plummeted to 3,651, a 56.

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