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tr.v. fore·or·dained, fore·or·dain·ing, fore·or·dains
To determine or appoint beforehand; predestine.

fore′or·dain′ment, fore·or′di·na′tion (-ôr′dn-ā′shən) n.
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inevitable; predestined or established beforehand
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Adj.1.foreordained - established or prearranged unalterably; "his place in history was foreordained"; "a sense of predestinate inevitability about it"; "it seemed predestined since the beginning of the world"
sure, certain - certain to occur; destined or inevitable; "he was certain to fail"; "his fate is certain"; "In this life nothing is certain but death and taxes"- Benjamin Franklin; "he faced certain death"; "sudden but sure regret"; "he is sure to win"
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Coles says it seems as if it were foreordained that they should not rest in a grave, but should lie beneath the waves until the day when the sea gives up its dead."
"Poor Miriam!" murmured the stranger; "thy foal was foreordained to become a prey to ravenous beasts!" Then, suddenly lifting up his voice, amid the eternal din of the waters, he sang aloud: "First born of Egypt, smite did he, Of mankind, and of beast also: O, Egypt!
"I hold the belief that all love that is true is foreordained and consecrated in heaven.
A Glass Blood Collection Tube is a sterile glass tube with a conclusion that is cleared to make a vacuum inside the cylinder encouraging the draw of a foreordained volume of fluid.
Fifty years after that epochal achievement, it's easy to assume that the outcome was foreordained. Looking back, it seems as though the American combination of adventure and ingenuity ensured success.
Must it be foreordained, then, that towns like Elgin have to allow marijuana retailing to produce some revenue to support the systems they'll need to combat problems legalization will pose, even if residents buy the product elsewhere?
Above in view, Asad Umar had some chance of success but failure of Buzdar is foreordained. Because of his weak personality and presence, province of Punjab has slipped into about half dozen power centres.
As Martin Krygier says in his excellent Foreword, this "is no foreordained linear passage from a rejected dysfunctional past to a wished-for and promised future" (p.
The die is cast at birth, and for the most part stamps out a foreordained life.
Its attractiveness to intellectuals also lies in its "scientific" deductions, and its perceived historicity and foreordained success.
Whoever was in charge of the department's end of that process was foreordained to become, if she was not already, an experienced litigator and appellate advocate.
From Syria to Yemen, from Iraq to Lebanon, and from Gaza to Iranian Kurdistan, life has not been the same again for people who crave dignity, peace, economic opportunity and basic freedoms, not fiery speeches by militant politicians and foreordained election results, water shortages and power cuts, still less the sounds of barrel bombs and mortar shells.