n) KEY NOUN:
- The act of passing by, disregarding, or omitting.
- Law Neglect of a testator to mention a legal heir in his or her will.
- Christianity The Calvinist doctrine that God neglected to designate those who would be damned, positively determining only the elect.
Late Latin praeteriti, praeteritin-
, a passing over
, from Latin praeteritus
, past participle of praeterre
, to go by
; see preterit