Definition of preordain in English:



[WITH OBJECT]usually be preordained
  • Decide or determine (an outcome or course of action) beforehand.

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