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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.' I have been that of mine; but not with the proper amount of prudence, and my self-confidence has therefore made me pay dearly; for I ought to have reflected that Rocinante's feeble strength could not resist the mighty bulk of the Knight of the White Moon's horse.
Nevertheless, in the case of catalytic systems in which substrates and ligands do not bear bending function groups (whose interaction can control the geometry of preordination intermediates) and the catalyst is a complex of the C, P-ligand, the geometry of the intermediates is less sensitive to the substitution pattern and several coordinal simplifications can be applied.
Part of that "humanizing" trend was to let it be known that popes could also fall in love--at least in an innocent way, and always in their preordination lives.
The curtain is pulled back, so to speak, on the myth of divine preordination, revealing the artist at the heart of the machine.
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.
To emphasize the preordination of their fate, Nava presents this movie as a docudrama, dividing it into three parts, following the traditional narrative structure of a typical documentary film.
"Here, then, the search for truth is subordinated to the pursuit of the good." (45) Indeed, "to do good things that depend on us is to follow virtue." (46) But how can these words be reconciled with the divine creation of the eternal truths--a doctrine of apparently universal preordination? According to the latter, all that God knows, God wills.