determination

noun de·ter·mi·na·tion \ di-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of determination

1 a law : a judicial decision settling and ending a controversy
  • the court's determination in that case
  • documents that will be used for the determination of ownership
  • judicial determinations
b : the resolving of a question by argument or reasoning
  • Inspectors made the determination that the building is unsafe.
2 archaic : termination
3 a : the act of deciding definitely and firmly; also : the result of such an act of decision
b : firm or fixed intention to achieve a desired end
  • a woman of great courage and determination
  • fierce determination to succeed
4 : a fixing or finding of the position, magnitude, value, or character of something: such as
a : the act, process, or result of an accurate measurement
  • more precise determination of the size of the tumor
b biology : an identification of the taxonomic position of a plant or animal
5 philosophy
a : the definition of a concept in logic by its essential constituents (see 1constituent 2)
b : the addition of a differentia to a concept to limit its denotation
6 : direction or tendency to a certain end : impulsion
7 biology : the fixation of the destiny of undifferentiated embryonic tissue

Examples of determination in a Sentence

  1. What he lacked in talent he made up for in determination.

  2. The new instruments allow for more precise determination of the size of the tumor.

  3. The document will be used for determination of ownership.

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Origin and Etymology of determination


DETERMINATION Defined for English Language Learners

determination

noun

Definition of determination for English Language Learners

  • : a quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult

  • : the act of finding out or calculating something

  • : the act of officially deciding something


DETERMINATION Defined for Kids

determination

noun de·ter·mi·na·tion \ di-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of determination for Students

1 : firm or fixed intention
  • She set out with determination to complete the journey.
2 : an act of deciding or the decision reached
  • Has the jury made a determination?
3 : an act of making sure of the position, size, or nature of something
  • a determination of location

Medical Dictionary

determination

noun de·ter·mi·na·tion \ di-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən \

medical Definition of determination

1 : a fixing or finding of the position, magnitude, quantity, value, or character of something: as
a : the act, process, or result of an accurate measurement
b : an identification of the taxonomic position of a plant or animal
2 : the fixation of the destiny of undifferentiated embryonic tissue — compare differentiation 2b

Law Dictionary

determination

noun de·ter·mi·na·tion

legal Definition of determination

: a decision of a court or administrative agency regarding an issue, case, or claim


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