preordain

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preordain (third-person singular simple present preordains, present participle preordaining, simple past and past participle preordained)

  1. To determine the fate of something in advance
    • 1874, James Thomson, The City of Dreadful Night
      A child! If here the heart turns sick with ruth
      To see a little one from birth defiled,
      Or lame or blind, as preordained to languish
      Through youthless life

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