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preordain

[pree-awr-deyn] /ˌpri ɔrˈdeɪn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to ordain beforehand; foreordain.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; pre- + ordain
Related forms
preordination
[pree-awr-dn-ey-shuh n] /ˌpri ɔr dnˈeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
unpreordained, adjective
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Examples for preordained
  • Whatever may befall thee, it was preordained for thee from everlasting.
  • If he is preordained to eternal life, they must be superfluous.
  • His chase is preordained to end in tragedy, and he knows it.
  • There are more failures than successes among the chain's preordained selections.
  • It makes you think, as all good briefs do, that the result is preordained.
  • But the idea that these cycles are preordained to run for a set number of years or months is much more difficult to accept.
  • They will watch from the sidelines and accept the preordained results with grim humour.
  • By the time the arm hurtled forward and the ball blasted out at a programmed height and angle, a strike seemed preordained.
  • That's the way a machine works, relentless and preordained, with no room for the personal transcendence that conscience gives.
  • There is no preordained schedule for success or failure in these talks.
British Dictionary definitions for preordained

preordain

/ˌpriːɔːˈdeɪn/
verb
1.
(transitive) to ordain, decree, or appoint beforehand
Derived Forms
preordination (ˌpriːɔːdɪˈneɪʃən) noun
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Word Origin and History for preordained

preordain

v.

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

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