determinate

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adjective de·ter·mi·nate \di-ˈtər-mə-nət\

Definition of determinate

  1. 1 :  having defined limits a determinate period of time

  2. 2 :  definitely settled a determinate order of precedence

  3. 3 :  conclusively determined :  definitive a determinate answer

  4. 4 botany :  characterized by sequential flowering from the central or uppermost bud to the lateral or basal (see basal 1b) buds; also :  characterized by growth in which the main stem ends in an inflorescence and stops growing with only branches from the main stem having further and similarly restricted growth determinate tomato plants — compare indeterminate 4

  5. 5 biology :  relating to, being, or undergoing egg cleavage (see cleavage 3) in which each division irreversibly separates portions of the zygote with specific potencies for further development

determinately

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determinateness

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Examples of determinate in a Sentence

  1. a determinate period of time

  2. a determinate order of succession to the throne

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Origin and Etymology of determinate

Middle English, from Latin determinatus, past participle of determinare —see determine


DETERMINATE Defined for English Language Learners

determinate

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Definition of determinate for English Language Learners

  • : definitely known or decided


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determinate

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adjective de·ter·mi·nate \di-ˈtərm-(ə-)nət\

Medical Definition of determinate

  1. :  relating to, being, or undergoing determinate cleavage a determinate egg


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