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[fawr-awr-deyn, fohr-] /ˌfɔr ɔrˈdeɪn, ˌfoʊr-/
verb (used with object)
to ordain or appoint beforehand.
to predestine; predetermine.
Origin of foreordain
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English forordeinen. See fore-, ordain
Related forms
foreordainment, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for foreordained
  • Not only was there no foreordained story, but there was no predetermined physical path for your hands to wander through it.
  • Fortunately, a politics of bitterness isn't foreordained.
  • Of course, a rise in the deficit and its economic consequences are not foreordained.
  • The course of events is seldom inevitable or foreordained, even though hindsight often makes it look that way.
  • While the plans are well advanced, success is not completely foreordained, nor will it be achieved without difficulty.
  • Likewise, tiered caps on attorney fees cannot be foreordained without evidence about the usual amount of work for each stage.
  • If the result is foreordained, regardless of the facts, let us say it.
  • Under the neutral-principles approach, the outcome of a church property dispute is not foreordained.
British Dictionary definitions for foreordained


(transitive; may take a clause as object) to determine (events, results, etc) in the future
Derived Forms
foreordainment, foreordination (ˌfɔːrɔːdɪˈneɪʃən) noun
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Word Origin and History for foreordained

early 15c., for-ordenede; see fore- + ordain (v.). A hybrid word. Related: Foreordain.

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