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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 area of the background, in its relation to that used for ornamentation or "filling," cannot be predetermined with exactness.

    Industrial Arts Design William H. Varnum
  • Of course, the evolution of the organic world cannot be predetermined as a whole.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • Finally, we may use a predetermined series of numbers as a key formula.

    In Jeopardy Van Tassel Sutphen
  • But no given transformation can be proved to be necessary (predetermined).

  • Or was it a conscious, free exertion of power for the realization of a foreseen and predetermined plan—a mental Order?

    The Theistic Conception of the World B. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker
  • On occasion this, also, will have been predetermined by the higher commander.

    Sound Military Decision U.s. Naval War College
  • Ballard resumed his seat at the table with an air of predetermined patience, and the playwright nodded approval.

    The King of Arcadia Francis Lynde
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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