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The future free actions of rational creatures which would have occurred if certain conditions had been fulfilled. Although they will not take place, they are nevertheless known by God in what is called the divine mediate knowledge, scientia media, i.e., a knowledge midway between God's foreknowledge of pure possibilities and of real futures that will come to pass.