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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
First recorded in 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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Examples from the Web for predetermination
Historical Examples
  • God's absolute decree and predetermination of all events, good or evil.

  • But the predetermination of the new Thomists is not perhaps exactly that which one needs.

    Theodicy G. W. Leibniz
  • That is involved in prevision and predetermination, and forms the reason thereof.

    Theodicy G. W. Leibniz
  • It heard with predetermination, and decided without evidence.

    Brave Men and Women O.E. Fuller
  • This is indeed shifting the argument; for if Gods knowledge makes an event certain, of course it is not his predetermination.

  • What effect this predetermination of character has had upon his artistic development shall be discussed in another place.

    John Greenleaf Whittier W. Sloane Kennedy
  • The man who pays is the real enthusiast; he comes with a predetermination to be amused, and his spirit is exalted accordingly.

  • predetermination on the part of many has been fatal to the value of their field work.

  • This circumstance wears the look of almost a predetermination to accept defeat.

  • But in her heart she was convinced of its predetermination by some power other than her own volition.

British Dictionary definitions for predetermination


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 predetermination

1630s; see predetermine + -ation.



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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