Meaning of DETERMINATION in English

də̇ˌtərmə̇ˈnāshən, dēˌ-, -tə̄m-, -təim- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English determinacioun, from Medieval Latin determination-, determinatio, from Latin, boundary, end, from determinatus + -ion-, -io -ion

1. : the settling and ending of a controversy especially by judicial decision : conclusion , decision

the contending parties came to a determination

2. : the resolving of a question by argument or reasoning ; specifically : a disputation in English universities formerly held by those just made bachelors of arts as a condition of proceeding toward the master's degree

3. archaic : a bringing or coming to an end : termination


a. : the act of deciding definitely and firmly especially regarding a course of action ; also : the result of such an act of decision : fixed resolution : purpose

b. : the power or habit of deciding definitely and firmly : ability to persist against opposition or attempts to dissuade or discourage : resoluteness

men of great courage and determination

5. : a fixing of the position, magnitude, or character of something: as

a. : the act, process, or result of an accurate measurement (as of weight, volume, intensity)

a determination of the salt in sea water

a determination of the orbit of a planet

b. : an identification of the taxonomic position of a plant or animal

6. logic

a. : the act of defining a concept or notion by giving its essential constituents

b. : the addition of a differentia to a concept or notion, thus limiting its extent

c. : a differentia added

7. : an unvarying and often conclusive tendency toward an end

a determination of capital toward investment in transport industries

8. : the fixation of the destiny of undifferentiated embryonic tissue : field formation

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