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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.
  3. to direct or impel; influence strongly: His sympathy for the poor predetermined his choice of a career.
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Origin of predetermine

First recorded in 1615–25; pre- + determine
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
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  • They then have a will and a way of their own; a free-will which their creator cannot predetermine and correct.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Vol. 1., Illustrated

    Sir Walter Scott

  • The impulse given by each must be exactly estimated in order to predetermine the joint effect.

  • To conceive and desire the best is to attempt the ideal, is to predetermine the path that all succeeding generations shall tread.

  • Robinson gives as its meaning, to set bounds before, to predetermine, spoken of the eternal decrees and counsels of God.

  • To ascertain her opinion, to predetermine it, Stainton was now elaborately preparing.

    Running Sands

    Reginald Wright Kauffman

British Dictionary definitions for predetermine


verb (tr)
  1. to determine beforehand
  2. to influence or incline towards an opinion beforehand; bias
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Derived Formspredetermination, nounpredeterminative, adjectivepredeterminer, noun
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Word Origin and History for predetermine


1620s, originally theological, from pre- + determine or else from Late Latin praedeterminare (Augustine). Related: Predetermined; predetermining; predeterminate.

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