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 determinationsb : 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 decisionb : 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 asa : the act, process, or result of an accurate measurement more precise determination of the size of the tumorb biology : an identification of the taxonomic position of a plant or animal
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
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.
Origin and Etymology of determination
First Known Use: 14th century
DETERMINATION Defined for English Language Learners
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
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 Definition of determination
1: a fixing or finding of the position, magnitude, quantity, value, or character of something: asa: the act, process, or result of an accurate measurementb: an identification of the taxonomic position of a plant or animal
2: the fixation of the destiny of undifferentiated embryonic tissue—compare differentiation 2b
Legal Definition of determination
: a decision of a court or administrative agency regarding an issue, case, or claim
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