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Predetermined and inevitable necessity. In the non-Christian religions, ancient and modern, it is the belief that events constitute a chain of causes and effects with absolute determinism. It differs from fortune in that the latter falls outside of determinism. (Etym. Latin fatum, what is spoken.)
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