[ fawr-awr-deyn, fohr- ]
/ ˌfɔr ɔrˈdeɪn, ˌfoʊr- /

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 forms

fore·or·dain·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for foreordained

British Dictionary definitions for foreordained


/ (ˌfɔːrɔːˈdeɪn) /


(tr; may take a clause as object) to determine (events, results, etc) in the future

Derived Forms

foreordainment or foreordination (ˌfɔːrɔːdɪˈneɪʃən), noun
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