[fawr-awr-deyn, fohr-]

verb (used with object)

to ordain or appoint beforehand.
to predestine; predetermine.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of foreordain

  • Even that "in it to win it" slogan had a strong odor of arrogance about it, as if it was atempting to foreordain an outcome.

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    Hillary, 16 Years After

    Michael Tomasky

    October 28, 2013

British Dictionary definitions for foreordain



(tr; may take a clause as object) to determine (events, results, etc) in the future
Derived Formsforeordainment or foreordination (ˌfɔːrɔːdɪˈneɪʃən), noun
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