verb (used with object)

to ordain beforehand; foreordain.

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

Related Words for preordain

predetermine, foretell, bless, doom, foreordain, predestine

British Dictionary definitions for preordain



(tr) to ordain, decree, or appoint beforehand
Derived Formspreordination (ˌpriːɔːdɪˈneɪʃən), noun
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Word Origin and History for preordain

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

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