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