determinism

[dih-tur-muh-niz-uhm]
noun
1.
the doctrine that all facts and events exemplify natural laws.
2.
the doctrine that all events, including human choices and decisions, have sufficient causes.

Origin:
1840–50; determine + -ism

determinist, noun, adjective
deterministic, adjective
deterministically, adverb
nondeterminist, noun, adjective
nondeterministic, adjective
semideterministic, adjective

determinism, fatalism, necessitarianism.
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determinism (dɪˈtɜːmɪˌnɪzəm)
 
n
1.  Compare free will Also called: necessitarianism the philosophical doctrine that all events including human actions and choices are fully determined by preceding events and states of affairs, and so that freedom of choice is illusory
2.  the scientific doctrine that all occurrences in nature take place in accordance with natural laws
3.  the principle in classical mechanics that the values of dynamic variables of a system and of the forces acting on the system at a given time, completely determine the values of the variables at any later time
 
de'terminist
 
n, —adj
 
determin'istic
 
adj

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determinism
1846, in theology (lack of free will); 1876 in general sense of "doctrine that everything happens by a necessary causation," from Fr. déterminisme, from Ger. Determinismus, probably a back formation from Praedeterminismus (see determine).
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determinism de·ter·min·ism (dĭ-tûr'mə-nĭz'əm)
n.
The philosophical doctrine that every event, act, and decision is the inevitable consequence of antecedents, such as genetic and environmental influences, that are independent of the human will.

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determinism definition


In ethics, the view that human actions are entirely controlled by previous conditions, operating under laws of nature. Determinism is often understood as ruling out free will.

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Example sentences
The first involves the fear that genetic determinism cheapens human volition.
If there are indeed many identical copies of you, the traditional notion of
  determinism evaporates.
There is a kind of technological determinism to this.
The question of free will versus determinism has profound legal and moral
  implications.
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