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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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of predetermined

  • If armed clashes were to break out in a region-wide scale, the “victor” would by no means be predetermined.

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    Will Russia Invade Crimea?

    Michael Weiss

    February 27, 2014

  • But in this political season, the monthly jobs data has become just so much political football in a predetermined game.

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    The Monthly Jobs Numbers Don’t Matter

    Zachary Karabell

    May 4, 2012

  • After all, like gender, race is predetermined; not a learned behavior like racism.

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    What a Powerful World This Will Be

    Zane Strebor

    November 5, 2008

Historical Examples of predetermined

  • But no given transformation can be proved to be necessary (predetermined).

  • They made swift, careful inspections of predetermined points.


    Murray Leinster

  • But we were off our predetermined course, with a side-drift toward the enemy.

    Wandl the Invader

    Raymond King Cummings

  • It was predetermined by the decrees of heaven that you were not to take me with you in your flight.

  • The trial was a farce, because it had been predetermined that Brousson should die.

British Dictionary definitions for predetermined


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper