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Theology. A person holding the view that God's election of only some to everlasting life was part of the divine plan prior to the Creation and the Fall; especially = supralapsarian. Now historical and rare.See also supralapsarian
1historical, rare Theology. Of or relating to antelapsarians or their doctrine; designating an antelapsarian. Now historical and rare.
2Existing or occurring before the Fall of Man; of or relating to the condition of innocence before the Fall; innocent, unspoilt.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Alexander Ross (1591–1654), Church of England clergyman and writer on philosophy. From post-classical Latin antelapsarius + -an.
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