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predetermine

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verb pre·de·ter·mine \-di-ˈtər-mən\

Simple Definition of predetermine

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

Full Definition of predetermine

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  foreordain, predestine b :  to determine beforehand

  3. 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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