determinate

[ adjective dih-tur-muh-nit; verb dih-tur-muh-neyt ]
/ adjective dɪˈtɜr mə nɪt; verb dɪˈtɜr məˌneɪt /

adjective

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

to make certain of.
to identify.

Nearby words

  1. deteriorate,
  2. deterioration,
  3. determinable,
  4. determinacy,
  5. determinant,
  6. determination,
  7. determinative,
  8. determinator,
  9. determine,
  10. determined

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

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British Dictionary definitions for determinately

determinate

/ (dɪˈtɜːmɪnɪt) /

adjective

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

determinate

adj.

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

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Science definitions for determinately

determinate

[ dĭ-tûrmə-nĭt ]

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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