[ pree-di-tur-min ]
See synonyms for: predeterminepredetermined on

verb (used with object),pre·de·ter·mined, pre·de·ter·min·ing.
  1. to settle or decide in advance: He had predetermined his answer to the offer.

  2. to ordain in advance; predestine: She believed that God had predetermined her sorrow.

  1. to direct or impel; influence strongly: His sympathy for poor people predetermined his choice of a career.

Origin of predetermine

First recorded in 1615–25; pre- + determine

Other words from predetermine

  • 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use predetermine in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for predetermine


/ (ˌpriːdɪˈtɜːmɪn) /

  1. to determine beforehand

  2. to influence or incline towards an opinion beforehand; bias

Derived forms of predetermine

  • predetermination, noun
  • predeterminative, adjective
  • predeterminer, noun

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