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[adjective dih-tur-muh-nit; verb dih-tur-muh-neyt] /adjective dɪˈtɜr mə nɪt; verb dɪˈtɜr məˌneɪt/
having defined limits; definite.
settled; positive.
conclusive; final.
Botany. (of an inflorescence) having the primary and each secondary axis ending in a flower or bud, thus preventing further elongation.
  1. (of a structure) able to be analyzed completely by means of the principles of statics.
  2. (of a member of a structure) subject only to definite, known stresses.
  3. (of a stress) able to be determined through the principles of statics.
verb (used with object), determinated, determinating.
to make certain of.
to identify.
Origin of determinate
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin dēterminātus, past participle of dētermināre. See determine, -ate1
Related forms
determinately, adverb
determinateness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for determinately
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  • For when names have been once determinately affixed, they are not easily effaced.

  • I also bring in here, as much suggestively as determinately, the following.

    The River-Names of Europe Robert Ferguson
  • There was something in the simple narration that touched me, though I remained as determinately relentless as ever.

    Vendetta Marie Corelli
  • "I will not wait another minute," cried the postilion, determinately.

  • In relation to each other, the attributes are to be taken as opposites strictly and determinately diverse.

  • Slowly but determinately, as the old fields of labour close up and are submerged behind us, we demand entrance into the new.

    Woman and Labour Olive Schreiner
  • To speak plainly, these Woodvilles must be bravely breasted and determinately abashed.

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Still one or two had determinately sought her hand in marriage, but only to meet with a gentle yet firm rejection.

    Mildred and Elsie Martha Finley
  • Hence I may regard it as a universal rule, that every thing is true which I know clearly and determinately.

  • I replied with a little laugh, and began to walk, this time, determinately at right angles from the basin.

    Hurricane Island H. B. Marriott Watson
British Dictionary definitions for determinately


definitely limited, defined, or fixed; distinct
a less common word for determined
  1. able to be predicted or deduced
  2. (of an effect) obeying the law of causality
(botany) (of an inflorescence) having the main and branch stems ending in flowers and unable to grow further; cymose
(of a structure, stress, etc) able to be fully analysed or determined
Derived Forms
determinately, adverb
determinateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for determinately



late 14c., from Latin determinatus, past participle of determinare (see determine).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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determinately in Science
  1. Precisely determined, limited, or defined.

  2. Not continuing to grow at an apical meristem. In the cyme, a determinate inflorescence, for example, the first floret develops at the end of the meristem, and no further elongation of the inflorescence can occur.

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