Meaning of DETERMINATION in English


/di terr'meuh nay"sheuhn/ , n.

1. the act of coming to a decision or of fixing or settling a purpose.

2. ascertainment, as after observation or investigation: determination of a ship's latitude.

3. the information ascertained; solution.

4. the settlement of a dispute, question, etc., as by authoritative decision.

5. the decision or settlement arrived at or pronounced.

6. the quality of being resolute; firmness of purpose.

7. a fixed purpose or intention: It is my determination to suppress vice.

8. the fixing or settling of amount, limit, character, etc.: the determination of a child's allowance.

9. fixed direction or tendency toward some object or end.

10. Chiefly Law. conclusion or termination.

11. Embryol. the fixation of the fate of a cell or group of cells, esp. before actual morphological or functional differentiation occurs.

12. Logic.

a. the act of rendering a notion more precise by the addition of differentiating characteristics.

b. the definition of a concept in terms of its constituent elements.

[ 1350-1400; ME ( determination- (s. of determinatio ) a boundary, conclusion, equiv. to determinat ( us ) (see DETERMINATE) + -ion- -ION ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .