[adjective dih-tur-muh-nit; verb dih-tur-muh-neyt]


verb (used with object), de·ter·mi·nat·ed, de·ter·mi·nat·ing.

to make certain of.
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. 2019

Examples from the Web for determinately

Historical Examples of determinately

  • I also bring in here, as much suggestively as determinately, the following.

  • "I will not wait another minute," cried the postilion, determinately.

  • Then a dark thought crossed his mind, but he put it determinately from him.

  • Slowly but determinately, as the old fields of labour close up and are submerged behind us, we demand entrance into the new.

    Woman and Labour

    Olive Schreiner

  • Still one or two had determinately sought her hand in marriage, but only to meet with a gentle yet firm rejection.

    Mildred and Elsie

    Martha Finley

British Dictionary definitions for determinately



definitely limited, defined, or fixed; distinct
a less common word for determined
  1. able to be predicted or deduced
  2. (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
Derived Formsdeterminately, adverbdeterminateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for determinately



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

determinately in Science



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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