Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To determine or appoint beforehand; predestine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To predestine or preordain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To ordain or appoint beforehand; to preordain; to predestinate; to predetermine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To ordain or appoint beforehand; preordain; predestinate; predetermine.
  • Synonyms See predestinate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. foreordain or determine beforehand
  • v. foreordain by divine will or decree

Etymologies

From fore- +‎ ordain. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But in trying to cut off speculation, he appeared to foreordain the final judgment.

    The Real Cover-Up

  • ‘O Allah, I swear by Thy Greatness and Thy Glory, I meant not through my disobedience to transgress against Thee; for indeed I am not ignorant of Thee; but my fault is one Thou didst foreordain to me from eternity without beginning; 357 so do Thou pardon my transgression, for indeed I disobeyed Thee of my ignorance!’

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • So I don't think that you can, uh, foresee or foreordain any particular outcome, but I do think what we're all saying is that there is, at least in our experience, more of an openness to process, to bring people together to the table, that collaboration and collegiality.

    Archive 2007-01-14

  • The strength and organization of those fields clearly foreordain the presence of different coronal structures coronal streamers, holes plumes, condensations, etc., the global form of the eclipse corona, and the position and shape of the heliospheric current sheet.

    IPCC and Solar Correlations « Climate Audit

  • Zill notes that while coming from a disrupted family significantly increases a young adult's risks of experiencing social, emotional or academic difficulties, it does not foreordain such difficulties.

    Dan Quayle Was Right

  • Q Some folks on Capitol Hill say that that's the problem, that if the result is foreordain, then that starts the fight, that there will be a floor amendment and you've got an early showdown on this issue --

    Dee Dee Myers Press Briefing

  • From this you can perceive the consistency of the Confession of Faith with common sense, when it says, that 'God from all eternity did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely and unchangeably foreordain whatsoever comes to pass,' etc.

    The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

  • It would destroy the confidence of God's people could they be persuaded that God does not foreordain whatever comes to pass.

    The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

  • Dictionary_, "to predetermine or foreordain," "to appoint or ordain beforehand by an unchangeable purpose."

    The Doctrines of Predestination, Reprobation, and Election

  • Faith gives the following deliverance on the subject -- "God from all eternity did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely and unchangeably foreordain whatsoever comes to pass."

    The Doctrines of Predestination, Reprobation, and Election

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