determinate

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

adjective

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
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determinate

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 determinating

determinate

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

determinating in Science

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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