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preordain

[pree-awr-deyn] /ˌpri ɔrˈdeɪn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to ordain beforehand; foreordain.
Origin of preordain
1525-1535
First recorded in 1525-35; pre- + ordain
Related forms
preordination
[pree-awr-dn-ey-shuh n] /ˌpri ɔr dnˈeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
unpreordained, adjective
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  • Whatever may befall thee, it was preordained for thee from everlasting.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • And the now conscious stars have preordained this moment for my happiness.

    The Beaux-Stratagem George Farquhar
  • Whatever may befall thee, it was preordained for thee from ——.

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  • It is preordained that I am to be nothing but a cumberer of the ground.

    My Lady Ludlow Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Barbara knew that whether she was late or punctual had been preordained.

    Lady Lilith

    Stephen McKenna
  • If the progress of humanity is preordained, what need for man to use his puny powers?

    The Life of Mazzini Bolton King
  • Its refusal is dictated by a preordained decree which it is bound to obey.

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  • Perhaps his occupancy of that particular corner was preordained.

    The Silent Barrier Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for preordained

preordain

/ˌpriːɔːˈdeɪn/
verb
1.
(transitive) to ordain, decree, or appoint beforehand
Derived Forms
preordination (ˌpriːɔːdɪˈneɪʃən) noun
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Word Origin and History for preordained

preordain

v.

1530s, from pre- + ordain (q.v.). Related: Preordained; preordaining.

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