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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Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser, who also attended the conference, said Singh may face the death penalty, but a grand jury will ultimately make that determination. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "What we know: Gurpreet Singh charged in West Chester quadruple homicide," 2 July 2019 Jersey’s determination to deal with international financial crime more generally. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "A British tax haven is returning a Nigerian dictator’s $270 million to his country," 25 June 2019 But history may also see her as a leader who faced a devilishly difficult situation with stubborn determination. Washington Post, "Diligent Theresa May failed to solve the UK’s Brexit puzzle," 7 June 2019 There, judges would not be asked to definitively answer the employee versus contractor question, but rather, figure out whether the Appeal Board itself had adequate evidence to make that determination. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Uber drivers “employees” for unemployment purposes, NY labor board says," 20 July 2018 Cora thought of that team — which reached Game 7 of the ALCS — in the latter stages of these nearly five weeks, taking pride in how this year’s Red Sox seemed to embrace their challenge with determination and focus in the latter part of the run. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Strong finish to a tough stretch has Red Sox feeling optimistic," 20 June 2019 Scientists made the determination after studying research gained from both NASA's Voyager and Galileo spacecrafts. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Yellow Part of Jupiter's Watery Moon? That's Table Salt, NASA Says," 13 June 2019 Then, June turned back to Gilead and the Waterford home with a new, steely glint of determination in her eye. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale," 5 June 2019 Apple also unveiled several new apps for its smartwatch, including independent apps that don't rely on the iPhone in another sign of the company's determination to lessen its dependence on that product. Michael Liedtke, Anchorage Daily News, "Say hello to ‘dark mode’ on iPhones and goodbye to iTunes," 4 June 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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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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