Meaning of foreordain in English:


Pronunciation /ˌfɔːrɔːˈdeɪn/


[with object]
  • (of God or fate) appoint or decree (something) beforehand.

    ‘progress is not foreordained’
    • ‘We believe that the Bible teaches that God foreordained many things: to anoint Jesus as the Christ, to save the world through Jesus, to work with the Jews rather than some other group of people, to send Paul as a missionary, and so on.’
    • ‘He said, ‘Some Christians have told lies, others have stolen: did God foreordain their sins?’’
    • ‘They served as religious and political propaganda, asserting that the deity had foreordained the current situation and would ultimately ensure a favorable outcome for his people.’
    • ‘Remember that the political evolution of Britain toward democracy was not foreordained as of 1775.’
    • ‘Perhaps it was foreordained that the freedom we get from our automobiles requires that we keep others in slavery.’
    • ‘We traditional Baptists believe in God's sovereignty, but we do not think that divine sovereignty entails that God foreordains everything.’
    • ‘Furthermore, while these ideas and arguments are related to class position, and broadly limited by structural constraints generated by the political economy, they are not foreordained by them.’
    • ‘It's about a battle over voting rights in the Reconstruction South that foreordained the election crisis of 1876, and everybody involved is dead.’
    • ‘Certainly, it is not foreordained that China will become an enemy of the United States and the democratic states of Asia and the Pacific, or even a global power.’
    • ‘And his unspeakably acute sufferings originated in the ineffable wisdom of the plan of God, who foreordained it and bestowed it on him.’
    • ‘The purchaser of stock, of course, who must always bear in mind that stocks are never foreordained to go up or down.’
    • ‘He questions how God is able to foreordain certain events based upon what he will do while not being able to foresee what the circumstances surrounding his action will be.’
    • ‘These orders all seem to go to saying we can, as it were, foreordain a regime that will minimise the risk.’
    • ‘But there are works which God foreordained that we should walk in them.’
    • ‘Christ as the only mediator of the new covenant is the everlasting Son of God and was foreordained by the Father for his three-fold office.’
    • ‘They were not coeternal with him, yet they were foreknown, foreseen, and foreordained by him.’
    • ‘By contrast, other degrees, say in literature or history, do not foreordain either a particular job or a defined career path.’
    • ‘Abraham learned that God had selected and foreordained many spirits to specific missions in mortality.’
    • ‘Even they, however, are ruled by fate, which foreordains that certain events definitely will take place.’
    predetermined, preordained, ordained, predestined, destined, fated