from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To appoint, decree, or ordain in advance; foreordain.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To determine the fate of something in advance
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To ordain or appoint beforehand: to predetermine: to foreordain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To ordain or decree beforehand; predetermine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. foreordain or determine beforehand
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Specifically, did the fact that I played left wing in high school soccer -- and here my explicit egotism requires me to point out that I did not play with two left feet -- preordain my placement on the left wing of the political spectrum?
Of course, these parallels do not preordain a second Depression.
Nobody tried to preordain in my mind what place the death of animals should have in the consciousness.
In other words, does where we're born preordain where our loyalties will fall?
Let's just say that depending on how you design a study you can practically preordain the outcome.
Indeed, many men without any history of criminal behavior now live literally under the gun—and I'm not even going to get going on domestic-violence restraining orders, whose legitimate purpose as originally conceived is now routinely abused to preordain custody decisions when no evidence of physical violence has been presented.
And sometimes when you preordain conclusions in law, you make it harder to unravel complex problems.
Again, no reason can be given why God should preordain any one number to salvation rather than any other.
It didn't control my life, it didn't preordain who I would become.
Likewise Japan's long-term post-bubble struggle with deflation does not preordain a similar fate for the US.
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