de·​ter·​mi·​na·​cy | \ di-ˈtər-mə-nə-sē How to pronounce determinacy (audio) \
plural determinacies

Definition of determinacy

1 : the quality or state of being determinate
2a : the state of being definitely and unequivocally characterized : exactness
b : the state of being determined or necessitated

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Recent Examples on the Web The iron determinacy of combustion; the vagaries of human capacity and choice. Longreads, "Death by Fire," 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of determinacy

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Determinacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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