Definition of preordain in English:

preordain

Line breaks: pre|or¦dain
Pronunciation: /ˌpriːɔːˈdeɪn
 
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verb

[with object]
  • Decide or determine (an outcome or course of action) beforehand: you might think the company’s success was preordained (as adjective preordained) a divinely preordained plan of creation
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    • The brute force and overwhelming technological superiority of the world's sole superpower preordains the ultimate outcome.
    • While this was the largest battle of WWII, the outcome was preordained because the Russians dug in line after line of complicated defenses.
    • The problem is, those two outcomes aren't preordained.
    Synonyms
    predestine, destine, foreordain, ordain, fate, doom, foredoom, predetermine, determine, mark out, prescribe

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