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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
ordain (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to invest officially (as by the laying on of hands) with ministerial or priestly authority
2.
a) to establish or order by appointment, decree, or law - enact we the people … do ordain and establish this Constitution United States Constitution
intransitive verb
b) - destine foreordain to issue an order
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
ordain (verb)
1.
to determine the fate of in advance
SYNONIMS:
doom, fate, foredoom, foreordain, ordain, predestine, predetermine, preordain
RELATED WORDS:
predestinate; augur, forecast, foretell, predict, presage, prognosticate, prophesy; preconceive, prejudge; condemn, sentence; bode, forebode ( forbode), portend; anticipate, divine, foreknow, foresee
ordain (verb)
2.
to request the doing of by virtue of one's authority
SYNONIMS:
call, decree, dictate, direct, mandate, ordain, order
RELATED WORDS:
ask, petition, request; demand, require
NEAR ANTONYMS:
cancel, countermand, rescind
ordain (verb)
3.
to put into effect through legislative or authoritative action
SYNONIMS:
constitute, lay down, legislate, make, ordain, pass
RELATED WORDS:
reenact, repass; bring about, effect; allow, authorize, permit, sanction; decree, dictate, proclaim; administer, execute; approve, confirm, ratify
NEAR ANTONYMS:
abolish, abrogate, annul, cancel, invalidate, kill, nullify; overturn, reverse, void
repeal, rescind, revoke
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