- (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.
Origin of determinate
OTHER WORDS FROM determinatede·ter·mi·nate·ly, adverbde·ter·mi·nate·ness, noun
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
- able to be predicted or deduced
- (of an effect) obeying the law of causality