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[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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  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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