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noun de·ter·mi·na·tion \di-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən\

Simple Definition of determination

  • : a quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult

  • : the act of finding out or calculating something

  • : the act of officially deciding something

Full Definition of determination

  1. 1 a :  a judicial decision settling and ending a controversy b :  the resolving of a question by argument or reasoning

  2. 2 archaic :  termination

  3. 3 a :  the act of deciding definitely and firmly; also :  the result of such an act of decision b :  firm or fixed intention to achieve a desired end <a woman of great courage and determination>

  4. 4 :  a fixing or finding of the position, magnitude, value, or character of something: as a :  the act, process, or result of an accurate measurement b :  an identification of the taxonomic position of a plant or animal

  5. 5 a :  the definition of a concept in logic by its essential constituents b :  the addition of a differentia to a concept to limit its denotation

  6. 6 :  direction or tendency to a certain end :  impulsion

  7. 7 :  the fixation of the destiny of undifferentiated embryonic tissue

Examples of determination

  1. What he lacked in talent he made up for in determination.

  2. The new instruments allow for more precise determination of the size of the tumor.

  3. The document will be used for determination of ownership.



14th Century

First Known Use of determination

14th century

Rhymes with determination

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DETERMINATION Defined for Kids

determination

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noun de·ter·mi·na·tion \di-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən\

Definition of determination

  1. 1 :  firm or fixed intention <She set out with determination to complete the journey.>

  2. 2 :  an act of deciding or the decision reached <Has the jury made a determination?>

  3. 3 :  an act of making sure of the position, size, or nature of something <a determination of location>




Medical Dictionary

determination

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noun de·ter·mi·na·tion \di-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən\

Medical Definition of determination

  1. 1:  a fixing or finding of the position, magnitude, quantity, value, or character of something: asa:  the act, process, or result of an accurate measurementb:  an identification of the taxonomic position of a plant or animal

  2. 2:  the fixation of the destiny of undifferentiated embryonic tissue—compare differentiation 2b





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