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. QUIZZES THIS PSAT VOCABULARY QUIZ IS PERFECT PRACTICE FOR THE REAL TEST
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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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Example sentences from the Web for determinism
It is sometimes said that no matter how convinced a Determinist one may be, one always acts as though the will were free.
It is based upon the fallacious hypothesis that the determinist escapes, or hopes to escape, the consequences of his acts.
Damn! |Henry Louis Mencken
While I am not a determinist, yet I admit we can't be free from ourselves.
Berkeley had fully apprehended the Determinist position; see vii.
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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