- (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.
verb (used with object), de·ter·mi·nat·ed, de·ter·mi·nat·ing.
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Origin of determinate
OTHER WORDS FROM determinatede·ter·mi·nate·ly, adverbde·ter·mi·nate·ness, noun
Example sentences from the Web for determinate
In the animal this sense is the determinating principle of motion, but in man only the means, or the secondary cause.Buffon's Natural History. Volume V (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
But even to-day what do we find the general reliance of the American mind in determinating this question?Civilization the Primal Need of the Race|Alexander Crummell
Mind is the determinating principle; matter is indeterminate and indefinite.Christianity and Greek Philosophy|Benjamin Franklin Cocker
The sulphuric compounds are related and yet opposed to the growth determinating phosphoric compounds.Valere Aude|Louis Dechmann
British Dictionary definitions for determinate
- able to be predicted or deduced
- (of an effect) obeying the law of causality