[adjective dih-tur-muh-nit; verb dih-tur-muh-neyt]
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  1. having defined limits; definite.
  2. settled; positive.
  3. conclusive; final.
  4. resolute.
  5. Botany. (of an inflorescence) having the primary and each secondary axis ending in a flower or bud, thus preventing further elongation.
  6. Engineering.
    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), de·ter·mi·nat·ed, de·ter·mi·nat·ing.
  1. to make certain of.
  2. to identify.

Origin of determinate

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin dēterminātus, past participle of dētermināre. See determine, -ate1
Related formsde·ter·mi·nate·ly, adverbde·ter·mi·nate·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for determinated

Historical Examples of determinated

  • He was just as pushing and determinated and persisting in his work as though he was taking orders for enlarging crayon portraits.

    Ladies and Gentlemen 

    Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for determinated


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

determinated 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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