verb (used with object), pre·de·ter·mined, pre·de·ter·min·ing.
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 the poor predetermined his choice of a career.
Origin of predetermine
Related formspre·de·ter·mi·na·tion, nounpre·de·ter·mi·na·tive [pree-di-tur-muh-ney-tiv, -nuh-tiv] /ˌpri dɪˈtɜr məˌneɪ tɪv, -nə tɪv/, adjective
First recorded in 1615–25; pre-
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Related Words for predeterminationdesire
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Historical Examples of predetermination
God's absolute decree and predetermination of all events, good or evil.
But the predetermination of the new Thomists is not perhaps exactly that which one needs.
That is involved in prevision and predetermination, and forms the reason thereof.
It heard with predetermination, and decided without evidence.
This is indeed shifting the argument; for if Gods knowledge makes an event certain, of course it is not his predetermination.
British Dictionary definitions for predetermination
Derived Formspredetermination, nounpredeterminative, adjectivepredeterminer, noun
to determine beforehand
to influence or incline towards an opinion beforehand; bias
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Word Origin and History for predetermination
1620s, originally theological, from pre- + determine or else from Late Latin praedeterminare (Augustine). Related: Predetermined; predetermining; predeterminate.
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