fate; fatalism

Fate is an assumed power that rules the destinies of men; destiny. The ancient goddesses, Atropos, Clotho, and Lachesis, are called the Fates. Fatalism is the theory that an unknown force rigidly predetermines all events in history and in particular all the actions and incidents of each human life, so that no one by any effort of the will can resist it; it is also called determinism.

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