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 Secretary of State Antony Blinken notified Congress on Feb. 12 of a plan to raise the ceiling on admissions to 62,500, but no presidential determination followed. BostonGlobe.com, "Biden lifts Trump refugee cap after delay backlash," 3 May 2021 Secretary of State Antony Blinken notified Congress on Feb. 12 of a plan to raise the ceiling on admissions to 62,500, but no presidential determination followed. Matthew Lee, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden raises Trump refugee cap after backlash over delays," 3 May 2021 Travel preparations are being made for more than 2,000 refugees who were excluded by Trump's presidential determination on Oct. 27, 2020. Matthew Lee, Star Tribune, "Biden quadruples Trump refugee cap after delay backlash," 3 May 2021 Secretary of State Antony Blinken notified Congress on Feb. 12 of a plan to raise the ceiling on admissions to 62,500, but no presidential determination followed. Atthew Lee And Zeke Miller, chicagotribune.com, "President Biden lifts the nation’s refugee cap to 62,500 after delay backlash," 3 May 2021 Secretary of State Antony Blinken notified Congress on Feb. 12 of a plan to raise the ceiling on admissions to 62,500, but no presidential determination followed. Arkansas Online, "Biden lifts Trump refugee cap after delay backlash," 3 May 2021 Miller sought a final determination in January on his office's jurisdiction from the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel. Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN, "Government pandemic watchdog warns of 'reduced oversight' for pandemic relief programs," 1 May 2021 Depression is a very serious problem, but can be overcome with self-reflection and a determination that life can be more joyful and happy. cleveland, "Dear Annie: How should I respond to people who ask what I do for a living?," 1 May 2021 Depression is a very serious problem, but can be overcome with self-reflection and a determination that life can be more joyful and happy. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Retail worker feels ashamed of work history, lack of college degree," 1 May 2021

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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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“Determination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/determination. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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determination

noun

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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