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 poor people predetermined his choice of a career.
- pre·de·ter·mi·na·tion, noun
- pre·de·ter·mi·na·tive [pree-di-tur-muh-ney-tiv, -nuh-tiv], /ˌpri dɪˈtɜr məˌneɪ tɪv, -nə tɪv/, adjective
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How to use predetermine in a sentence
With the Wizards sticking to their predetermined plan to not play Westbrook on consecutive nights, that means the point guard will sit for nearly a third of those contests.Russell Westbrook, finally healthy, is starting to look like himself again | Ava Wallace | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
Success and failure only look predetermined in hindsight—and even then, as this study illustrates, hindsight remains pretty murky.
If a swirling storm reaches wind speeds of 63 kilometers per hour, it gets a name from a list of 21 predetermined names.With Theta, 2020 sets the record for most named Atlantic storms | Curtis Segarra | November 10, 2020 | Science News
He’ll offer to make a new beverage an Allied Brand only if the owner agrees to give KDP the right to purchase it based on a predetermined formula.Keurig is a machine: How the beverage giant is leveraging A.I. to fuel growth | Shawn Tully | October 19, 2020 | Fortune
If armed clashes were to break out in a region-wide scale, the “victor” would by no means be predetermined.
But in this political season, the monthly jobs data has become just so much political football in a predetermined game.
A propensity to cry is, in part, biologically predetermined.
Aside from politics, some Chinese think their lack of World Cup talent may be genetically predetermined.
After all, like gender, race is predetermined; not a learned behavior like racism.
As a body the congress did not meet with any predetermined revolutionary purpose.The Political History of England - Vol. X. | William Hunt
When a window or door is disturbed or moved more than a predetermined amount, the bell circuit is closed and the alarm sounded.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
Pat's seeming free will was harnessed to serve the predetermined purposes of an ego less powerful but more unscrupulous.The Boy Grew Older | Heywood Broun
He would not die till the second part of "Faust" was brought to its predetermined close.Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII | John Lord
It was to all appearance the doing of a man who had intended it and brought it to the predetermined conclusion.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete | George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for predetermine
to determine beforehand
to influence or incline towards an opinion beforehand; bias
- predetermination, noun
- predeterminative, adjective
- predeterminer, noun
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