determination

noun
de·​ter·​mi·​na·​tion | \ di-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce determination (audio) \

Definition of determination

1a 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
3a : 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 constituent entry 1 sense 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

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Examples of determination in a Sentence

What he lacked in talent he made up for in determination. The new instruments allow for more precise determination of the size of the tumor. The document will be used for determination of ownership.
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Recent Examples on the Web Her determination to start up on her own sparked firecrackers of ambition in younger minds. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Remembering the Fashion Figures We Lost in 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 Although disappointed with taking the AYFL runner-up trophy, the Eagles team has vowed to come back with even more determination to complete its ultimate mission of winning the Super Bowl. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Pompano Eagles enjoy success on and off the gridiron," 5 Dec. 2019 Scientists like Robert Oppenheimer and Enrico Fermi were against the bomb, but were in turn opposed by the National Security Council, which formed in 1947 with a clear agenda to take on the Cold War with hawkish determination. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "That Time a Scientist Left Plans for the Hydrogen Bomb in a Train Bathroom," 4 Dec. 2019 Although Thunberg is now well known, there are others who toil with equal determination outside the global spotlight. Jimmy Carter, Time, "Former President Jimmy Carter: How Empowering Women and Girls Can Help Solve the Climate Crisis," 26 Nov. 2019 With determination rather than desperation fueling the lyrics, the landmark single never falters in its dramatic pacing. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest K-Pop Songs of the 2010s: Staff List," 25 Nov. 2019 Not when it’s met with determination and resolve and a willingness to change where change is necessary. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Brian Kelly reaches into the history books to inspire Notre Dame's November turnaround," 24 Nov. 2019 Right now, young people the world over are ringing that planetary alarm bell louder and with more determination than ever before. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Offer a Peek Inside Kensington Palace in a New Video," 22 Nov. 2019 Right now, young people the world over are ringing that planetary alarm bell louder and with more determination than ever before. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Just Wore a Gorgeous Green Dress for Afternoon Tea at Kensington Palace," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of determination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for determination

see determine

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9 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Determination.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/determination. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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More Definitions for determination

determination

noun
How to pronounce determination (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of determination

: a quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult
formal : the act of finding out or calculating something
formal : the act of officially deciding something

determination

noun
de·​ter·​mi·​na·​tion | \ di-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce determination (audio) \

Kids Definition of determination

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

determination

noun
de·​ter·​mi·​na·​tion | \ di-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce determination (audio) \

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 sense 2b

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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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