• WordNet 3.6
    • v preordain foreordain or determine beforehand
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Preordain To ordain or appoint beforehand: to predetermine: to foreordain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • preordain To ordain or decree beforehand; predetermine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Preordain prē-or-dān′ to ordain, appoint, or determine beforehand
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. pre + ordain,: cf. L. praeordinare,


In literature:

Because these characteristics found specific environments congenial, each race had gravitated to its preordained geographic habitat.
"The Black Experience in America" by Norman Coombs
This was not an opportunity waited for for weeks and then hurriedly snatched, but on the preordained date the flight was commenced.
"British Airships, Past, Present, and Future" by George Whale
Even as we are here together at this moment, Mr. Hamel, if we should disagree, it is I who am the preordained victor.
"The Vanished Messenger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Mayor,' says I, 'I'm not a regular preordained disciple of S. Q. Lapius.
"The Gentle Grafter" by O. Henry
It is preordained that I am to be nothing but a cumberer of the ground.
"My Lady Ludlow" by Elizabeth Gaskell
Freewill, a preordained necessity.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
Its refusal is dictated by a preordained decree which it is bound to obey.
"More Hunting Wasps" by J. Henri Fabre
It had been preordained that she should win.
"The Captives" by Hugh Walpole
There is no need for divine preordaining here.
"Theodicy" by G. W. Leibniz
What is all ritual, as it has been framed to meet the needs of the human heart, but a preordained order of question and response?
"The Patient Observer" by Simeon Strunsky
The immolators were preordained like the victim, and the holy race supplied both.
"Lord George Bentinck A Political Biography" by Benjamin Disraeli
They were his preordained executioners.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
I will pray that thou mayest see thy preordained course.
"Curious, if True" by Elizabeth Gaskell
Who doubts but woman ought to hold her tongue, And wait till he, the preordained, appear?
"The Woman Who Dared" by Epes Sargent
It had all been preordained.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
The preordained time has now arrived, and Emmanuel himself is to take the command.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
None of them preordain it.
"The Calvinistic Doctrine of Predestination Examined and Refuted" by Francis Hodgson
There are people who say that every person has his, or her, preordained mate somewhere in the world.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
Heaven's instruments Are ever preordained.
"Tales of the Wonder Club, Volume III" by M. Y. Halidom (pseud. Dryasdust)
And this is true whether the preordained end in the mind of the delinquent follow or do not follow.
"The Old Yellow Book" by Anonymous

In poetry:

"From them my waste aimings and futile
I subtly could cover;
'Every best thing,' said they, 'to best purpose
Her powers preordain.' -
"The Mother Mourns." by Thomas Hardy

In news:

It was preordained by nature, they insisted.
Slim and eager as a Tolstoy heroine, Marina Katina, 17, took her preordained place in the French quadrille and swept down the ballroom parquet in a flowing baby blue gown.
National political conventions, criticized in recent years for being meaningless, expensive rubber stamp for preordained presidential nominations, could usually be counted on for one thing.
Alex Ovechkin has made the most improbable athletic feats look preordained, from "The Goal" against Phoenix during his rookie year to a hole-in-one during his first trip to a golf course.
NEW YORK — Stan Van Gundy thinks the NBA's Most Valuable Player race already has ended —with the results preordained in favor of Derrick Rose instead of Dwight Howard.
The Prince of Wales turns 60 on Nov 14 and has yet to assume his preordained role.
Beginning with reclaimed timbers, students design around its preordained dimensions and character.
"The Climate of the 2020s and the 2030s is Already Preordained".