[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

Examples from the Web for foreordained

Historical Examples of foreordained

  • Let us not think that God has foreordained all this, and that we cannot hasten it.

  • Was everything, even a baggy young teacher of Arabic, foreordained?


    Stephen French Whitman

  • It is part of the divine wisdom, the foreordained plan of my life.


    Stephen French Whitman

  • Foreordained and predestined to be at the crucial point at the critical moment!

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • They were present to witness and to accomplish an act of foreordained justice.

British Dictionary definitions for foreordained



(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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Word Origin and History for foreordained

early 15c., for-ordenede; see fore- + ordain (v.). A hybrid word. Related: Foreordain.

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