predetermine


pre·de·ter·mine

verb \-di-ˈtər-mən\

: to decide (something) before it happens or in advance

Full Definition of PREDETERMINE

transitive verb
1
a :  foreordain, predestine
b :  to determine beforehand
2
:  to impose a direction or tendency on beforehand

Examples of PREDETERMINE

  1. The sex of the child is predetermined when the egg is fertilized.
  2. <religious sects that believe that an individual's salvation has been predetermined by God>

Origin of PREDETERMINE

Late Latin praedeterminare, from Latin prae- + determinare to determine
First Known Use: 1622

Rhymes with PREDETERMINE

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