- the act of rendering a notion more precise by the addition of differentiating characteristics.
- the definition of a concept in terms of its constituent elements.
Origin of determination
- the process of qualifying or limiting a proposition or concept
- the qualifications or limitations used in this process
mid-14c., "decision, sentence," from Old French déterminacion (14c.) "determination, settlement, definition," from Latin determinationem (nominative determinatio) "conclusion, boundary," noun of action from past participle stem of determinare (see determine).
As "a bringing to an end" (especilly of a suit at law), late 15c. As "fixed direction toward a goal," from 1650s, originally in physics or anatomy; metaphoric sense "fixation of will" is from 1680s; that of "quality of being resolute" is from 1822.