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determined

[dih-tur-mind]
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adjective
  1. resolute; staunch: the determined defenders of the Alamo.
  2. decided; settled; resolved.
  3. Grammar. (of a phonetic feature) predictable from its surrounding context.

Origin of determined

First recorded in 1490–1500; determine + -ed2
Related formsde·ter·mined·ly [dih-tur-mind-lee, -muh-nid-lee] /dɪˈtɜr mɪnd li, -mə nɪd li/, adverbde·ter·mined·ness, nounpost·de·ter·mined, adjectiveun·de·ter·mined, adjective

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1. inflexible, unfaltering, unwavering.
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Examples from the Web for undetermined

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Historical Examples

  • Her figure was that of a girl of thirteen, undetermined—but therein I was not critical.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • The queen said that she would not leave London while her sister's fate was undetermined.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor

    W. Llewelyn Williams.

  • Even of the direction of that undetermined journey they had but a vague conception.

    The Boy Slaves

    Mayne Reid

  • We were undetermined for some time with respect to where we should go.

  • All real being must be determined; only pure Nothing can be undetermined.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy

    Benjamin Franklin Cocker


British Dictionary definitions for undetermined

undetermined

adjective
  1. not yet resolved; undecided
  2. not known or discovered

determined

adjective
  1. of unwavering mind; resolute; firm
Derived Formsdeterminedly, adverbdeterminedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for undetermined

adj.

mid-15c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of determine.

determined

adj.

1560s, "decided," past participle adjective from determine. Meaning "limited" is from c.1600; that of "characterized by resolution" is from c.1600, of actions; 1772, of persons.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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