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

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Other Words from preordain

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

Examples of preordain in a Sentence

my wife and I are such soulmates, I'm convinced that our marriage was preordained

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The answers that the commission may propose appear preordained by its makeup. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Mike Pompeo’s Faith-Based Attempt to Narrowly Redefine Human Rights," 10 July 2019 For Risso, the curious twists of the mind are our bulwark against anything proscribed or preordained; our brains and our passions will, in his view, set us free. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top Shows of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2019," 25 Feb. 2019 This was an expansion that was not preordained by doctrine. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "How Conservatives Weaponized the First Amendment," 30 June 2018 There came to be a not entirely hyperbolic narrative of McKinsey’s preordained white-shoe path through the world — the Harvard Business School recruit turned McKinsey consultant turned rising corporate titan. New York Times, "How McKinsey Lost Its Way in South Africa," 26 June 2018 But Trump’s summit with North Korea Kim Jong Un hearkens back to a bygone era of high-risk summits where the outcome is not preordained. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "A brief history of summits: How face-to-face meetings of world leaders shapes the world order," 11 June 2018 This title, seized outright Saturday after UT downed TCU and Oklahoma State fell for a third time to Texas Tech, was by no means preordained. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Big 12 champion Texas prepares for conference tournament," 21 May 2018 That Taguba, one of seven children, ended up becoming a soldier was not preordained. Chris Fuchs /, NBC News, "A retired major general takes on a new mission: making sure World War II vets get their due," 25 May 2018 For nearly a decade, LeBron's presence in the NBA Finals was something close to preordained. Rob Mahoney,, "Victor Oladipo and the Pacers Have Cleveland on the Brink of Disaster," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of preordain

1533, in the meaning defined above

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