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predetermine

[ pree-di-tur-min ]
/ ˌpri dɪˈtɜr mɪn /
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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.

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Origin of predetermine

First recorded in 1615–25; pre- + determine

OTHER WORDS FROM predetermine

pre·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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British Dictionary definitions for predetermine

predetermine
/ (ˌpriːdɪˈtɜːmɪn) /

verb (tr)

to determine beforehand
to influence or incline towards an opinion beforehand; bias

Derived forms of predetermine

predetermination, nounpredeterminative, adjectivepredeterminer, noun
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