to settle or decide in advance: He had predetermined his answer to the offer.
to ordain in advance; predestine: She believed that God had predetermined her sorrow.
to direct or impel; influence strongly: His sympathy for poor people predetermined his choice of a career.
- pre·de·ter·mi·na·tion, noun
- pre·de·ter·mi·na·tive [pree-di-tur-muh-ney-tiv, -nuh-tiv], /ˌpri dɪˈtɜr məˌneɪ tɪv, -nə tɪv/, adjective
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How to use predetermine in a sentence
But in her heart she was convinced of its predetermination by some power other than her own volition.The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete | Winston Churchill
Let it be discussed; and, although there were symptoms of predetermination in some, the abolition of it must be carried.The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the | Thomas Clarkson
Yet we use the terms "guidance," "predetermination," and so on, at the risk of being misunderstood.The Last Harvest | John Burroughs
The man who pays is the real enthusiast; he comes with a predetermination to be amused, and his spirit is exalted accordingly.Harper's Magazine, Vol III, June 1851 | Various
What effect this predetermination of character has had upon his artistic development shall be discussed in another place.John Greenleaf Whittier | W. Sloane Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for predetermine
to determine beforehand
to influence or incline towards an opinion beforehand; bias
- predetermination, noun
- predeterminative, adjective
- predeterminer, noun
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