- to invest with ministerial or sacerdotal functions; confer holy orders upon.
- to enact or establish by law, edict, etc.: to ordain a new type of government.
- to decree; give orders for: He ordained that the restrictions were to be lifted.
- (of God, fate, etc.) to destine or predestine: Fate had ordained the meeting.
- to order or command: Thus do the gods ordain.
- to select for or appoint to an office.
- to invest someone with sacerdotal functions.
Origin of ordain
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Examples from the Web for unordained
The parish churches were cleared of their unordained ministers.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
The bailiffs of these corporation lands were unordained brothers of the Order.The Philippine Islands
This church has 21 native priests and 158 unordained catechists.The Gist of Japan
R. B. Peery
If He be infinite power, can any circumstance be unordained by Him?
And for order sake where that may be had, the unordained are not to be received as pastors.A Christian Directory
- to consecrate (someone) as a priest; confer holy orders upon
- (may take a clause as object) to decree, appoint, or predestine irrevocably
- (may take a clause as object) to order, establish, or enact with authority
- obsolete to select for an office
Word Origin and History for unordained
late 13c., "to appoint or admit to the ministry of the Church," from stem of Old French ordener "place in order, arrange, prepare; consecrate, designate" (Modern French ordonner) and directly from Latin ordinare "put in order, arrange, dispose, appoint," from ordo (genitive ordinis) "order" (see order (n.)). The notion is "to confer holy orders upon." Meaning "to decree, enact" is from c.1300; sense of "to set (something) that will continue in a certain order" is from early 14c. Related: Ordained; ordaining.