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tr.v. pre·or·dained, pre·or·dain·ing, pre·or·dains
To appoint, decree, or ordain in advance; foreordain.

pre′or·dain′ment n.
pre·or′di·na′tion (-ôr′dn-ā′shən) n.
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Noun1.preordination - (theology) being determined in advance; especially the doctrine (usually associated with Calvin) that God has foreordained every event throughout eternity (including the final salvation of mankind)
election - the predestination of some individuals as objects of divine mercy (especially as conceived by Calvinists)
theology, divinity - the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth
theological doctrine - the doctrine of a religious group
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But I can tell thee there is no such thing as Fortune in the world, nor does anything which takes place there, be it good or bad, come about by chance, but by the special preordination of heaven; and hence the common saying that 'each of us is the maker of his own Fortune.
The stipulated hierarchical order in premodern Spanish society illustrates this kind of preordination and provides a basis for the conceptualization of life as role in the real lives of the audience.
This report proposed a formational journey from preordination learning through initial ministerial education to continuing ministerial education within an understanding that the whole church and all who compose it are learning.