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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Tim Mead, the longtime Angels vice president of communication who is now president of the Hall of Fame, said no determination has been made on how the items will be displayed. Maria Torres, Los Angeles Times, "Angels’ Justin Upton given a day off in an effort to end his slump," 30 July 2019 According to Ryan Anderson, a spokesman for the Arizona Attorney General's Office, that determination is made once a complaint is filed against an agency. J. Edward Moreno, azcentral, "Valley Metro says it's educating people about light rail. But Goldwater Institute says it's trying to sway voters," 17 July 2019 But no determination has been made about which player will handle those duties. Rainer Sabin | Rsabin@al.com, al.com, "Rewinding what Nick Saban said at SEC Media Days," 17 July 2019 Jamie Mongiovi, spokeswoman for the Office of Financial Regulation, said the investigation remains active and that Perry has requested the findings remain confidential until a final determination on the probe is made by DeSantis and the Cabinet. Jim Turner, orlandosentinel.com, "Suspended financial regulator seeks whistleblower status," 16 July 2019 The determination to tighten federal support for an ideologically polarizing aspect of medical research was made by President Donald Trump himself, a White House spokesman confirmed. oregonlive.com, "Donald Trump ends federal funding of research using fetal tissue," 6 June 2019 And in making that determination, the court will consider a 2017 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that suggests a state ban on funding for private schools could violate a U.S. constitutional provision intended to protect religious liberty. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan Supreme Court to decide controversy over private school funding," 5 June 2019 Police said the body found Monday might be Ventura’s, though that final determination would be made by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Body found near Oceanside Pier where Escondido man fell last month," 3 June 2019 The company’s determination to avoid emphasizing OxyContin as a powerful cancer pain drug was made out of a concern that non-cancer patients would be reluctant to take a cancer drug. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Purdue Family Member Sought to Avoid Comparison of OxyContin to Morphine, Documents Show," 22 Feb. 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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