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[dih-tur-muh-ney-shuh n] /dɪˌtɜr məˈneɪ ʃən/
the act of coming to a decision or of fixing or settling a purpose.
ascertainment, as after observation or investigation:
determination of a ship's latitude.
the information ascertained; solution.
the settlement of a dispute, question, etc., as by authoritative decision.
the decision or settlement arrived at or pronounced.
the quality of being resolute; firmness of purpose.
a fixed purpose or intention:
It is my determination to suppress vice.
the fixing or settling of amount, limit, character, etc.:
the determination of a child's allowance.
fixed direction or tendency toward some object or end.
Chiefly Law. conclusion or termination.
Embryology. the fixation of the fate of a cell or group of cells, especially before actual morphological or functional differentiation occurs.
  1. the act of rendering a notion more precise by the addition of differentiating characteristics.
  2. the definition of a concept in terms of its constituent elements.
Origin of determination
1350-1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dēterminātiōn- (stem of dēterminātiō) a boundary, conclusion, equivalent to dētermināt(us) (see determinate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
interdetermination, noun
nondetermination, noun
redetermination, noun Unabridged
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  • What is needed is the collective determination to provide water for everyone.
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  • That would be self-determination.
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  • She said after a meeting Monday on the case that no determination was made on whether to seek restitution.
  • At her house, my mother greets me with a little ram's-horn furrow of determination between her eyes.
  • International law on self-determination and secession is unclear.
British Dictionary definitions for determination


the act or an instance of making a decision
the condition of being determined; resoluteness
the act or an instance of ending an argument by the opinion or decision of an authority
the act or an instance of fixing or settling the quality, limit, position, etc, of something
a decision or opinion reached, rendered, or settled upon
a resolute movement towards some object or end
(law) the termination of an estate or interest
(law) the decision reached by a court of justice on a disputed matter
  1. the process of qualifying or limiting a proposition or concept
  2. the qualifications or limitations used in this process
the condition of embryonic tissues of being able to develop into only one particular tissue or organ in the adult
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Word Origin and History for determination

mid-14c., "decision, sentence," from Old French déterminacion (14c.) "determination, settlement, definition," from Latin determinationem (nominative determinatio) "conclusion, boundary," noun of action from past participle stem of determinare (see determine).

As "a bringing to an end" (especilly of a suit at law), late 15c. As "fixed direction toward a goal," from 1650s, originally in physics or anatomy; metaphoric sense "fixation of will" is from 1680s; that of "quality of being resolute" is from 1822.

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determination in Medicine

determination de·ter·mi·na·tion (dĭ-tûr'mə-nā'shən)

  1. A change for the better or for the worse in the course of a disease.

  2. A fixed movement or tendency toward an object or end.

  3. The ascertaining of the quantity, quality, position, or character of something.

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