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foreordain

[fawr-awr-deyn, fohr-]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to ordain or appoint beforehand.
  2. to predestine; predetermine.
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Origin of foreordain

First recorded in 1400–50, foreordain is from the late Middle English word forordeinen. See fore-, ordain
Related formsfore·or·dain·ment, noun
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Examples from the Web for foreordained

Historical Examples

  • Let us not think that God has foreordained all this, and that we cannot hasten it.

    The Ministry of Intercession

    Andrew Murray

  • Was everything, even a baggy young teacher of Arabic, foreordained?

    Sacrifice

    Stephen French Whitman

  • It is part of the divine wisdom, the foreordained plan of my life.

    Sacrifice

    Stephen French Whitman

  • Foreordained and predestined to be at the crucial point at the critical moment!

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • They were present to witness and to accomplish an act of foreordained justice.


British Dictionary definitions for foreordained

foreordain

verb
  1. (tr; may take a clause as object) to determine (events, results, etc) in the future
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Derived Formsforeordainment or foreordination (ˌfɔːrɔːdɪˈneɪʃən), noun
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Word Origin and History for foreordained

adj.

early 15c., for-ordenede; see fore- + ordain (v.). A hybrid word. Related: Foreordain.

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