predetermine

[pree-di-tur-min]

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.

Nearby words

  1. predestine,
  2. predestined,
  3. predeterminate,
  4. predeterminately,
  5. predetermination,
  6. predetermined,
  7. predeterminer,
  8. prediabetes,
  9. predial,
  10. prediastole

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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British Dictionary definitions for predetermine

predetermine

verb (tr)

to determine beforehand
to influence or incline towards an opinion beforehand; bias
Derived Formspredetermination, nounpredeterminative, adjectivepredeterminer, noun

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Word Origin and History for predetermine

predetermine

v.

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

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