- 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
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Examples from the Web for predetermine
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.The Criminal Prosecution and Capital Punishment of Animals
Edmund P. Evans
To conceive and desire the best is to attempt the ideal, is to predetermine the path that all succeeding generations shall tread.The Non-religion of the Future: A Sociological Study
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
- to determine beforehand
- to influence or incline towards an opinion beforehand; bias
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Word Origin and History for predetermine
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