preordain

[pree-awr-deyn]

verb (used with object)

to ordain beforehand; foreordain.

Nearby words

  1. preoccupy,
  2. preop,
  3. preoperative,
  4. preoperatively,
  5. preoral,
  6. preordained,
  7. preosteoblast,
  8. preowned,
  9. preoxygenation,
  10. prep

Origin of preordain

First recorded in 1525–35; pre- + ordain

Related formspre·or·di·na·tion [pree-awr-dn-ey-shuh n] /ˌpri ɔr dnˈeɪ ʃən/, nounun·pre·or·dained, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for preordain

preordain

verb

(tr) to ordain, decree, or appoint beforehand
Derived Formspreordination (ˌpriːɔːdɪˈneɪʃən), noun

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Word Origin and History for preordain

preordain

v.

1530s, from pre- + ordain (q.v.). Related: Preordained; preordaining.

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