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determinism

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noun de·ter·min·ism \di-ˈtər-mə-ˌni-zəm, dē-\

Simple Definition of determinism

  • philosophy : the belief that all events are caused by things that happened before them and that people have no real ability to make choices or control what happens

Full Definition of determinism

  1. 1 a :  a theory or doctrine that acts of the will, occurrences in nature, or social or psychological phenomena are causally determined by preceding events or natural laws b :  a belief in predestination

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being determined

de·ter·min·ist play \-nəst\ noun or adjective
de·ter·min·is·tic play \-ˌtər-mə-ˈnis-tik\ adjective
de·ter·min·is·ti·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

1846

First Known Use of determinism

1846

Rhymes with determinism

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determinism

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noun de·ter·min·ism \di-ˈtər-mə-ˌniz-əm\

Medical Definition of determinism

  1. 1:  a theory or doctrine that acts of the will, occurrences in nature, or social or psychological phenomena are causally determined by preceding events or natural laws <explained behavior by the combination of an environmental and a genetic determinism>

  2. 2:  the quality or state of being determined

  3. de·ter·min·is·tic \-ˌtər-mə-ˈnis-tik\play also de·ter·min·ist \-ˈtərm-(ə-)nəst\play adjective
    de·ter·min·is·ti·cal·ly \-ˌtər-mə-ˈnis-ti-k(ə-)lē\play adverb




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