predetermine

[pree-di-tur-min]
verb (used with object), predetermined, predetermining.
1.
to settle or decide in advance: He had predetermined his answer to the offer.
2.
to ordain in advance; predestine: She believed that God had predetermined her sorrow.
3.
to direct or impel; influence strongly: His sympathy for the poor predetermined his choice of a career.

Origin:
1615–25; pre- + determine

predetermination, noun
predeterminative [pree-di-tur-muh-ney-tiv, -nuh-tiv] , adjective
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predetermine (ˌpriːdɪˈtɜːmɪn)
 
vb
1.  to determine beforehand
2.  to influence or incline towards an opinion beforehand; bias
 
predetermi'nation
 
n
 
prede'terminative
 
adj
 
prede'terminer
 
n

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predetermine
1625, originally theological, from L.L. prædeterminare (Augustine), from præ + determinare (see determine).
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Example sentences
He is thus able to appeal to other readers than those who have limited their
  intellectual enquiries to a predetermined range.
Bundles of cotton, silk, or wool are either tied or painted with wax according
  to predetermined patterns.
When the resin engulfed the spider, blood oozed from the arachnid's legs, which
  broke at predetermined weak spots.
Now, a copper block is often used to transfer wax in a predetermined pattern
  over a larger area.
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