- the act of rendering a notion more precise by the addition of differentiating characteristics.
- the definition of a concept in terms of its constituent elements.
Origin of determination
Examples from the Web for determination
But she respects grit and determination, in allies and opponents alike.The Valerie Jarrett I Know: How She Saved the Obama Campaign and Why She’s Indispensable|Joshua DuBois|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is a tale of courage and commitment, daring and determination.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas|Nick Kotz|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
TR reinvigorated the office after a succession of grey presidents with his unself-conscious energy, idealism and determination.From The Square Deal to The New Deal: The Overlapping Political Identities of TR and FDR|John Avlon|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But his determination to show subjects afresh won him the fame and opened the doors.How Horst Captured Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, and Vivien Leigh—and Changed Fashion Photography|Patrick Strudwick|September 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As the equality movement found a renewed focus and determination, so its opponents ratcheted up their efforts to scupper it.How Robin Williams’ Mrs. Doubtfire Won the Culture Wars|Tim Teeman|August 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On hearing of this determination the Sanballats immediately got very busy.With the Judans in the Palestine Campaign|J. H. (John Henry) Patterson
Determination and efficiency are not unknown in His Majesty's Navy.The Blocking of Zeebrugge|Alfred F. B. Carpenter
Beethoven was firm in his determination to keep faith with his subscribers.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume III (of 3)|Alexander Wheelock Thayer
She is rather slender, but has much power of endurance, and a look of determination.The Mormon Prophet and His Harem|C.V. Waite
If Peter had been near enough he would have seen a look of anger and determination in King Eagle's fierce, yellow eyes.The Burgess Bird Book for Children|Thornton W. Burgess
- the process of qualifying or limiting a proposition or concept
- the qualifications or limitations used in this process
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.