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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for preordained

predetermine, foretell, bless, doom, foreordain, predestine

Examples from the Web for preordained

Contemporary Examples of preordained

Historical Examples of preordained

  • Whatever may befall thee, it was preordained for thee from everlasting.

    Familiar Quotations

    John Bartlett

  • And the now conscious stars have preordained this moment for my happiness.

    The Beaux-Stratagem

    George Farquhar

  • Whatever may befall thee, it was preordained for thee from ——.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms

    James Champlin Fernald

  • It is preordained that I am to be nothing but a cumberer of the ground.

    My Lady Ludlow

    Elizabeth Gaskell

  • Barbara knew that whether she was late or punctual had been preordained.

    Lady Lilith

    Stephen McKenna

British Dictionary definitions for preordained


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper