[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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Examples from the Web for determinate
But that thing of his dissembling was only subject to his perceptibility, not to his will determinate.Moby Dick; or The Whale
It is, in fact, determinate, because the statute prescribes its limit.The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner
Charles Dudley Warner
How can we avoid believing that their nature is determinate?Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4
The given is undoubtedly just what it is; it is determinate throughout.Essays in Experimental Logic
It is life which gives to every other possession its determinate value.The Sheepfold and the Common, Vol. II (of 2)
- 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
Word Origin and History for determinate
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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