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1. The act of passing by, disregarding, or omitting.
2. Law The failure of a testator to provide for 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.
[Late Latin praeteritiō, praeteritiōn-, a passing over, from Latin praeteritus, past participle of praeterīre, to go by; see preterite.]
1. the act of passing over or omitting
2. (Law) Roman law the failure of a testator to name one of his children in his will, thus invalidating it
3. (Theology) (in Calvinist theology) the doctrine that God passed over or left unpredestined those not elected to final salvation
[C17: from Late Latin praeteritiō a passing over]