[adjective dih-tur-muh-nit; verb dih-tur-muh-neyt]
- 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.
- (of a structure) able to be analyzed completely by means of the principles of statics.
- (of a member of a structure) subject only to definite, known stresses.
- (of a stress) able to be determined through the principles of statics.
- to make certain of.
- to identify.
Origin of determinate
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- definitely limited, defined, or fixed; distinct
- a less common word for determined
- able to be predicted or deduced
- (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
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Word Origin and History for determinates
late 14c., from Latin determinatus, past participle of determinare (see determine).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Precisely determined, limited, or defined.
- 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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