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[pree-di-tur-min] /ˌpri dɪˈtɜr mɪn/
verb (used with object), predetermined, predetermining.
to settle or decide in advance:
He had predetermined his answer to the offer.
to ordain in advance; predestine:
She believed that God had predetermined her sorrow.
to direct or impel; influence strongly:
His sympathy for the poor predetermined his choice of a career.
Origin of predetermine
1615-25; pre- + determine
Related forms
predetermination, noun
[pree-di-tur-muh-ney-tiv, -nuh-tiv] /ˌpri dɪˈtɜr məˌneɪ tɪv, -nə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • The answer is usually predetermined by the denomination or organization sponsoring the translation.
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British Dictionary definitions for predetermined


verb (transitive)
to determine beforehand
to influence or incline towards an opinion beforehand; bias
Derived Forms
predetermination, noun
predeterminative, adjective
predeterminer, noun
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Word Origin and History for predetermined



1620s, originally theological, from pre- + determine or else from Late Latin praedeterminare (Augustine). Related: Predetermined; predetermining; predeterminate.

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