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dɪˈtɜr mə nɪtde·ter·mi·nate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. determinateadjective

    precisely determined or limited or defined; especially fixed by rule or by a specific and constant cause

    "a determinate distance"; "a determinate number"; "determinate variations in animals"

  2. determinateadjective

    not continuing to grow indefinitely at the apex

    "determinate growth"

  3. definitive, determinateadjective

    supplying or being a final or conclusive settlement

    "a definitive verdict"; "a determinate answer to the problem"


  1. determinatenoun

    A single state of a particular determinable attribute.

  2. determinateadjective

    Distinct, clearly defined.

  3. determinateadjective

    Fixed, set, unvarying.

  4. determinateadjective

    Of growth: ending once a genetically predetermined structure has formed.

  5. Etymology: From determinatus, perfect passive participle of determino.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Determinateadjective

    Etymology: determinatus, Latin.

    Demonstrations in numbers, if they are not more evident and exact than in extension, yet they are more general in their use, and determinate in their application. John Locke.

    To make all the planets move about the sun in circular orbs, there must be given to each, by a determinate impulse, those present particular degrees of velocity which they now have, in proportion to their distances from the sun, and to the quantity of the solar matter. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    Scriptures are read before the time of divine service and, without either choice or stint, appointed by any determinate order. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 19.

    I’ th’ progress of this business,
    E’re a determinate resolution, he,
    I mean the bishop, did require a respite. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Like men disused in a long peace, more determinate to do, than skilful how to do. Philip Sidney.

    My determinate voyage is mere extravagancy. William Shakespeare.


    To limit; to fix; to determine; to terminate.

    Etymology: determiner, French.

    The fly slow hours shall not determinate
    The dateless limit of thy dear exile. William Shakespeare, Richard II.


  1. determinate

    In logic and philosophy (especially metaphysics), a property is a characteristic of an object; a red object is said to have the property of redness. The property may be considered a form of object in its own right, able to possess other properties. A property, however, differs from individual objects in that it may be instantiated, and often in more than one object. It differs from the logical/mathematical concept of class by not having any concept of extensionality, and from the philosophical concept of class in that a property is considered to be distinct from the objects which possess it. Understanding how different individual entities (or particulars) can in some sense have some of the same properties is the basis of the problem of universals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Determinateadjective

    having defined limits; not uncertain or arbitrary; fixed; established; definite

  2. Determinateadjective

    conclusive; decisive; positive

  3. Determinateadjective

    determined or resolved upon

  4. Determinateadjective

    of determined purpose; resolute

  5. Determinateverb

    to bring to an end; to determine. See Determine

  6. Etymology: [L. determinatus, p. p. of determinare. See Determine.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Determinate

    既定の in Japanese.

    Submitted by anonymous on June 16, 2019  


  1. Determinate

    with well-defined outlines or distinct limits: fixed: marked out.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of determinate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of determinate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of determinate in a Sentence

  1. Cicero:

    Every stage of human life, except the last, is marked out by certain and defined limits; old age alone has no precise and determinate boundary.

  2. Marco Rubio:

    Obviously I have ties to Las Vegas that run deep given my time growing up here. ... but I'm not sure that's going to be enough to simply be a determinate factor in the caucus, i think it's going to be like every other candidate that's coming in, we're going to have to compete hard.

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