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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

determinist

play \-nəst\ noun or adjective

deterministic

play \-ˌtər-mə-ˈnis-tik\ adjective

deterministically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

1846

First Known Use of determinism

1846


Medical Dictionary

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

deterministic

\-ˌtər-mə-ˈnis-tik\play also

determinist

\-ˈtərm-(ə-)nəst\play adjective

deterministically

\-ˌtər-mə-ˈnis-ti-k(ə-)lē\play adverb



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