fore·​or·​dained ˌfȯr-ȯr-ˈdānd How to pronounce foreordained (audio)
: destined or ordained in advance
a foreordained outcome
This device is commonplace, almost foreordained, in tales of doomed heroes …John Crowley

Examples of foreordained in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For all the talk of Senate traditions, the outcome seems pretty foreordained if the Democrats win a majority and the intractable McConnell continues as GOP leader. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 17 Aug. 2020 And that success is far from foreordained. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 4 Aug. 2022 Political forecasters said a Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in November’s congressional election looked almost foreordained. Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2022 Unsurprisingly, the foreordained incursion takes place. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 16 Dec. 2022 Few believe a war is imminent or foreordained, in part because the economic and diplomatic aftershocks would be staggering for China. New York Times, 9 Oct. 2021 That unfortunately seems the foreordained outcome of the Senate trial. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 8 Feb. 2021 China’s rise to global power is neither inevitable nor foreordained. Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2022 Marches, protests, teach-ins, and lawsuits filed all across the nation zeroed in on DDT, making the federal government’s response seem virtually foreordained. Scott W. Stern, The New Republic, 31 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of foreordained was in the 15th century

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“Foreordained.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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