Preordain Pre`or*dain", v. t. [Pref. pre + ordain: cf. L. praeordinare.] To ordain or appoint beforehand: to predetermine: to foreordain. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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  • preordain — I verb appoint beforehand, appoint in advance, decide in advance, decree beforehand, destine, determine beforehand, enact beforehand, establish beforehand, fix beforehand, foredoom, forejudge, foreshadow, preconceive, preconclude, preconsider,… …   Law dictionary

  • preordain — (v.) 1530s, from PRE (Cf. pre ) + ORDAIN (Cf. ordain) (q.v.). Related: Preordained; preordaining …   Etymology dictionary

  • preordain — [prē΄ôr dān′] vt. [LL praeordinare: see PRE & ORDAIN] to ordain or decree beforehand; foreordain preordination [prē΄ôrd΄ n ā′shən] n …   English World dictionary

  • preordain — transitive verb Date: 1533 to decree or ordain in advance ; foreordain • preordainment noun • preordination noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • preordain — preordination /pree awr dn ay sheuhn/, n. /pree awr dayn /, v.t. to ordain beforehand; foreordain. [1525 35; PRE + ORDAIN] * * * …   Universalium

  • preordain — verb To determine the fate of something in advance A child! If here the heart turns sick with ruth Syn: foreordain, predestine, predetermine …   Wiktionary

  • preordain — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. appoint, doom, set; see bless 3 , predetermine . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To determine the future of in advance: destine, fate, foreordain, predestinate, predestine, predetermine. See CERTAIN …   English dictionary for students

  • preordain — v. predestine, decree in advance; determine beforehand, set in advance; appoint in advance, designate beforehandpre·or·dain || ‚prɪːɔr deɪn /‚prɪːɔː d …   English contemporary dictionary

  • preordain — foresceawian …   English to the Old English

  • preordain — verb decide or determine beforehand …   English new terms dictionary

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