determinism [ dih- tur-m uh-niz- uhm ] SHOW IPA / dɪˈtɜr məˌnɪz əm / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun the doctrine that all facts and events exemplify natural laws. the doctrine that all events, including human choices and decisions, have sufficient causes.
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OTHER WORDS FROM determinism de·ter·min·ist, noun, adjective de·ter·min·is·tic [dih-tur-m uh- nis-tik] /dɪˌtɜr məˈnɪs tɪk/ adjective non·de·ter·min·ist, noun, adjective
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How to use determinism in a sentence
The philosophic Determinist would denounce the offender's conduct, but would not denounce the offender.
The Determinist would say that Bill Sikes had committed a crime, and that he ought to be restrained, and taught better.
That Determinist conclusion would be followed by the usual inadequate subscription.
You may say, in the case of Sikes and the peer, that the logic of the Determinist is sound, but ineffective: nothing comes of it.
British Dictionary definitions for determinism noun Also called: necessitarianism the philosophical doctrine that all events including human actions and choices are fully determined by preceding events and states of affairs, and so that freedom of choice is illusory Compare free will (def. 1b) the scientific doctrine that all occurrences in nature take place in accordance with natural laws the principle in classical mechanics that the values of dynamic variables of a system and of the forces acting on the system at a given time, completely determine the values of the variables at any later time Derived forms of determinism determinist, noun, adjective deterministic, adjective
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Medical definitions for determinism n. The philosophical doctrine that every event, act, and decision is the inevitable consequence of antecedents, such as genetic and environmental influences, that are independent of the human will.
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Cultural definitions for determinism
ethics, the view that human actions are entirely controlled by previous conditions, operating under laws of nature. Determinism is often understood as ruling out free will.
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