- the doctrine that all facts and events exemplify natural laws.
- the doctrine that all events, including human choices and decisions, have sufficient causes.
Origin of determinism
Examples from the Web for deterministic
The deterministic narrative just doesn't work; each state is different, and the picture is muddled.Why the Republican Party’s Narrative on Income and Voting Failed
December 10, 2012
They ascertain politics as sequential, linear, and deterministic.The Civilization of Illiteracy
Some changes are unpredictable, even in deterministic principle.After the Rain
It, too, has borrowed from the desert something that is deterministic and ineffaceable.The Secrets of a Kuttite
Edward O. Mousley
(d) By its comprehensive and deterministic Conception of History.
In other words, the deterministic influence of circumstances is contingent, not necessary.Determinism or Free-Will?
- 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 illusoryCompare 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
Word Origin and History for deterministic
1846, in theology (lack of free will); 1876 in general sense of "doctrine that everything happens by a necessary causation," from French déterminisme, from German Determinismus, perhaps a back-formation from Praedeterminismus (see determine).
- 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.