[dih-tur-muh-ney-shuh n]


Origin of determination

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dēterminātiōn- (stem of dēterminātiō) a boundary, conclusion, equivalent to dētermināt(us) (see determinate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsin·ter·de·ter·mi·na·tion, nounnon·de·ter·mi·na·tion, nounre·de·ter·mi·na·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the act or an instance of making a decision
the condition of being determined; resoluteness
the act or an instance of ending an argument by the opinion or decision of an authority
the act or an instance of fixing or settling the quality, limit, position, etc, of something
a decision or opinion reached, rendered, or settled upon
a resolute movement towards some object or end
law the termination of an estate or interest
law the decision reached by a court of justice on a disputed matter
  1. the process of qualifying or limiting a proposition or concept
  2. the qualifications or limitations used in this process
the condition of embryonic tissues of being able to develop into only one particular tissue or organ in the adult
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Word Origin and History for determination

mid-14c., "decision, sentence," from Old French déterminacion (14c.) "determination, settlement, definition," from Latin determinationem (nominative determinatio) "conclusion, boundary," noun of action from past participle stem of determinare (see determine).

As "a bringing to an end" (especilly of a suit at law), late 15c. As "fixed direction toward a goal," from 1650s, originally in physics or anatomy; metaphoric sense "fixation of will" is from 1680s; that of "quality of being resolute" is from 1822.

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determination in Medicine




A change for the better or for the worse in the course of a disease.
A fixed movement or tendency toward an object or end.
The ascertaining of the quantity, quality, position, or character of something.
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