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[pree-awr-deyn] /ˌpri ɔrˈdeɪn/
verb (used with object)
to ordain beforehand; foreordain.
Origin of preordain
First recorded in 1525-35; pre- + ordain
Related forms
[pree-awr-dn-ey-shuh n] /ˌpri ɔr dnˈeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
unpreordained, adjective Unabridged
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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 ——.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • 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.

    More Hunting Wasps J. Henri Fabre
  • Perhaps his occupancy of that particular corner was preordained.

    The Silent Barrier Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for preordained


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



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

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