Definition of foreordain in English:



  • (of God or fate) appoint or decree (something) beforehand.

    ‘progress is not foreordained’
    • ‘Perhaps it was foreordained that the freedom we get from our automobiles requires that we keep others in slavery.’
    • ‘He said, ‘Some Christians have told lies, others have stolen: did God foreordain their sins?’’
    • ‘But there are works which God foreordained that we should walk in them.’
    • ‘We believe that the Bible teaches that God foreordained many things: to anoint Jesus as the Christ, to save the world through Jesus, to work with the Jews rather than some other group of people, to send Paul as a missionary, and so on.’
    • ‘Certainly, it is not foreordained that China will become an enemy of the United States and the democratic states of Asia and the Pacific, or even a global power.’
    • ‘They were not coeternal with him, yet they were foreknown, foreseen, and foreordained by him.’
    • ‘Christ as the only mediator of the new covenant is the everlasting Son of God and was foreordained by the Father for his three-fold office.’
    • ‘Even they, however, are ruled by fate, which foreordains that certain events definitely will take place.’
    • ‘We traditional Baptists believe in God's sovereignty, but we do not think that divine sovereignty entails that God foreordains everything.’
    • ‘This oversight foreordained friction for the remainder of the trip; for the pair fervently believed that all native Canadian women were salaciously promiscuous when proper motivation presented.’
    • ‘The purchaser of stock, of course, who must always bear in mind that stocks are never foreordained to go up or down.’
    • ‘It's about a battle over voting rights in the Reconstruction South that foreordained the election crisis of 1876, and everybody involved is dead.’
    • ‘And his unspeakably acute sufferings originated in the ineffable wisdom of the plan of God, who foreordained it and bestowed it on him.’
    • ‘He questions how God is able to foreordain certain events based upon what he will do while not being able to foresee what the circumstances surrounding his action will be.’
    • ‘These orders all seem to go to saying we can, as it were, foreordain a regime that will minimise the risk.’
    • ‘Abraham learned that God had selected and foreordained many spirits to specific missions in mortality.’
    • ‘They served as religious and political propaganda, asserting that the deity had foreordained the current situation and would ultimately ensure a favorable outcome for his people.’
    • ‘By contrast, other degrees, say in literature or history, do not foreordain either a particular job or a defined career path.’
    • ‘Remember that the political evolution of Britain toward democracy was not foreordained as of 1775.’
    • ‘Furthermore, while these ideas and arguments are related to class position, and broadly limited by structural constraints generated by the political economy, they are not foreordained by them.’
    predetermined, preordained, ordained, predestined, destined, fated
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