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pret·er·i·tion  audio  (prt-rshn) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. The act of passing by, disregarding, or omitting.
  2. Law Neglect of a testator to mention a legal heir in his or her will.
  3. Christianity The Calvinist doctrine that God neglected to designate those who would be damned, positively determining only the elect.

ETYMOLOGY:
Late Latin praeteriti, praeteritin-, a passing over, from Latin praeteritus, past participle of praeterre, to go by ; see preterit


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