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 That sense of determination and pride is even more profound in the context of a show that has a whole ensemble of actors playing historically white figures—something that wouldn’t have happened in an earlier Broadway era. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Surreal Experience of Watching Hamilton in 2020," 3 July 2020 Liberal Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, an Obama nominee, did not disagree with the high court's determination but noted that the case raises notable questions about the 26th Amendment to the Constitution. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Supreme Court rejects bid from Texas Democrats to allow all residents to vote by mail," 26 June 2020 The state had said flat or decreasing hospitalizations would be a key metric in its determination whether a county should get the green light to reopen. oregonlive, "Gov. Kate Brown explains her mask requirement, reopening rationale; health official admits error," 18 June 2020 California’s overcrowding an Eighth Amendment violation, based its determination on prison officials’ capacity estimates, not personal space. Dara Lind, ProPublica, "The Prison Was Built to Hold 1,500 Inmates. It Had Over 2,000 Coronavirus Cases.," 18 June 2020 Her strong determination, outstanding work ethic and positive energy brings out the best in all players on the team. Dana Scott, azcentral, "Chaparral girls soccer's Isabella Struckman named Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year," 17 June 2020 Regardless, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has deferred making an official determination on the cause of death, given the uncommon circumstances and heightened scrutiny. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Los Angeles County officials will further investigate death of Black man found hanging from tree," 15 June 2020 Netanyahu has announced his determination to begin the annexation process on July 1. Omri Boehm, The New York Review of Books, "After Liberal Zionism, the One Hope for a Democratic Israel," 9 June 2020 For that reason, the NBER typically waits longer before making a determination that the economy is in a downturn. Christopher Rugaber, Houston Chronicle, "A US recession began in February in the face of coronavirus," 8 June 2020

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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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7 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Determination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/determination. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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