foreordained

adjective
fore·​or·​dained | \ ˌfȯr-ȯr-ˈdānd How to pronounce foreordained (audio) \

Definition of foreordained

: destined or ordained in advance a foreordained outcome This device is commonplace, almost foreordained, in tales of doomed heroes …— John Crowley

First Known Use of foreordained

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About foreordained

Time Traveler for foreordained

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near foreordained

foreordain

foreordained

foreparent

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for foreordained

Cite this Entry

“Foreordained.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foreordained. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on foreordained

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for foreordained

Nglish: Translation of foreordained for Spanish Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!