de·​ter·​mi·​na·​cy di-ˈtər-mə-nə-sē How to pronounce determinacy (audio)
plural determinacies
: the quality or state of being determinate
: the state of being definitely and unequivocally characterized : exactness
: the state of being determined or necessitated

Examples of determinacy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are, after all, other ways to resolve under-determinacy without directly applying substantive moral principles. J. Joel Alicea, National Review, 3 May 2022 Those principles, along with historical analysis, will resolve a great deal of apparent under-determinacy. J. Joel Alicea, National Review, 3 May 2022 The iron determinacy of combustion; the vagaries of human capacity and choice. Longreads, 9 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of determinacy was in 1873

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“Determinacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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