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preordain

[pree-awr-deyn]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to ordain beforehand; foreordain.
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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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predetermineforetellblessdoomforeordainpredestine

British Dictionary definitions for preordain

preordain

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

v.

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

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