Definition of preordain in English:



[with object]
  • Decide or determine (an outcome or course of action) beforehand.

    ‘you might think the company's success was preordained’
    • ‘The outcome of Soviet history was not preordained.’
    • ‘Recently we heard of a club that had a one-word code preordaining the next seven plays.’
    • ‘While this was the largest battle of WWII, the outcome was preordained because the Russians dug in line after line of complicated defenses.’
    • ‘The brute force and overwhelming technological superiority of the world's sole superpower preordains the ultimate outcome.’
    • ‘But if the story of Poland tells us anything, it is that a nation's success or failure is never preordained.’
    • ‘But who can help but feel differently about an athlete who is genetically preordained for success?’
    • ‘But at least we snatch at the opportunities instead of letting them pass just because they are not preordained in the life plan.’
    • ‘What would happen if I decided to choose a different path then what's been preordained?’
    • ‘The problem is, those two outcomes aren't preordained.’
    • ‘According to palmistry, there are certain preordained events which will mark our journey though life and will not be avoided, only predicted.’
    • ‘But there was nothing preordained about the outcome of events in the Balkans in the late 1940s.’
    • ‘Mahan did not hold that the ultimate outcome had been preordained - that is, that naval supremacy as such guaranteed victory.’
    • ‘The coming correction was preordained by bad policy choices backed by erroneous economic theories.’
    • ‘This exhibition reminds us that such a result was hardly preordained.’
    • ‘He remembered seeing planes flying across the sky to some preordained destination and the feeling of wanting to join them on their voyage.’
    predestine, destine, foreordain, ordain, fate, doom, foredoom, predetermine, determine, mark out, prescribe
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