Definition of determinate
1 : having defined limits a determinate period of time
2 : definitely settled a determinate order of precedence
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
Examples of determinate in a Sentence
a determinate period of time
a determinate order of succession to the throne
Recent Examples of determinate from the Web
Soon the court will have a chance to make a determinate decision on the Blaine amendments.
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DETERMINATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of determinate for English Language Learners
: definitely known or decided
Medical Definition of determinate
: relating to, being, or undergoing determinate cleavage a determinate egg
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