- the act of coming to a decision or of fixing or settling a purpose.
- ascertainment, as after observation or investigation: determination of a ship's latitude.
- the information ascertained; solution.
- the settlement of a dispute, question, etc., as by authoritative decision.
- the decision or settlement arrived at or pronounced.
- the quality of being resolute; firmness of purpose.
- a fixed purpose or intention: It is my determination to suppress vice.
- the fixing or settling of amount, limit, character, etc.: the determination of a child's allowance.
- fixed direction or tendency toward some object or end.
- Chiefly Law. conclusion or termination.
- Embryology. the fixation of the fate of a cell or group of cells, especially before actual morphological or functional differentiation occurs.
- 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
Related Words for determinationresolve, self-confidence, conviction, decision, valor, willpower, grit, courage, boldness, bravery, tenacity, dedication, fortitude, steadfastness, energy, persistence, assurance, judgment, resoluteness, nerve
Examples from the Web for determination
Contemporary Examples of 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
November 18, 2014
It is a tale of courage and commitment, daring and determination.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas
September 20, 2014
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
September 9, 2014
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
September 8, 2014
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
August 13, 2014
Historical Examples of determination
Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength.
"No," the bride replied, and there was determination in the monosyllable.Within the Law
Lines 44 and 45 announce Marduk's determination to build Babylon.The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
The tribesmen displayed the greatest boldness and determination.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
My determination was confirmed at this instant by the appearance of Lady Geraldine.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
- 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
- the process of qualifying or limiting a proposition or concept
- 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
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.
- 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.