[ adjective dih-tur-muh-nit; verb dih-tur-muh-neyt ]
/ adjective dɪˈtɜr mə nɪt; verb dɪˈtɜr məˌneɪt /
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having defined limits; definite.
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.
verb (used with object), de·ter·mi·nat·ed, de·ter·mi·nat·ing.
to make certain of.
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Origin of determinate
OTHER WORDS FROM determinatede·ter·mi·nate·ly, adverbde·ter·mi·nate·ness, noun
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How to use determinate in a sentence
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
/ (dɪˈtɜːmɪnɪt) /
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
Derived forms of determinatedeterminately, adverbdeterminateness, noun
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Scientific definitions for determinate
[ dĭ-tûr′mə-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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