One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object To ordain or decide in advance, especially by divine will or fate; predetermine, predestine.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Stapleton (1535–1598), Roman Catholic theologian. From post-classical Latin praeordinat-, past participial stem of praeordinare to order beforehand, to predestine (Vetus Latina, Vulgate) from classical Latin prae- + ordināre.
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