pre·​or·​dain | \ ˌprē-ȯr-ˈdān How to pronounce preordain (audio) \
preordained; preordaining; preordains

Definition of preordain

transitive verb

: to decree or ordain in advance : foreordain

Other Words from preordain

preordainment \ ˌprē-​ȯr-​ˈdān-​mənt How to pronounce preordain (audio) \ noun
preordination \ (ˌ)prē-​ˌȯr-​də-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce preordain (audio) \ noun

Examples of preordain in a Sentence

my wife and I are such soulmates, I'm convinced that our marriage was preordained
Recent Examples on the Web But bears cautioned that the rebound was preordained and may not stick. Jeremy Herron, Fortune, 13 Mar. 2020 Now that Trump has been impeached and faces a trial in the Senate, that response from Tillis to North Carolina resident Linda Sand serves as another example of the Democrats' suspicion that the outcome may already be preordained. NBC News, 13 Jan. 2020 Memes may not be preordained, but this one is more predictable than most. Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2020 Impeachment is now essentially preordained, but there is still a process to observe, and Democrats swiftly marched through it this week. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 12 Dec. 2019 Now, with less than two weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses, several of the race’s protagonists were being called back to the capital to participate in a process whose outcome is all but preordained. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2020 Name a resonant issue, theme or innovation that pertains to pro football in 2019—offenses predicated on passing, teams moving markets, the NFL as the dominant American sport—and odds are good that Davis preordained it. Jon Wertheim,, 27 Aug. 2019 The board votes were all but preordained after the board’s executive committee took similar votes on Monday., 20 Sep. 2019 In the past, though, the ubiquity of fossil fuels preordained that consumption (and prices) would eventually rise and tempt investors back. Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of preordain

1533, in the meaning defined above

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“Preordain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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