foreordain

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

verb (used with object)

to ordain or appoint beforehand.
to predestine; predetermine.

Nearby words

  1. forensic dentistry,
  2. forensic medicine,
  3. forensic psychiatry,
  4. forensic psychology,
  5. forensics,
  6. foreordained,
  7. foreordinate,
  8. foreordination,
  9. forepart,
  10. forepassed

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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British Dictionary definitions for foreordained

foreordain

/ (ˌfɔːrɔːˈdeɪn) /

verb

(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

foreordained

adj.

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

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