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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If so, please provide copies of any documents including, determinations, ethics guidance, or ethics advice in your possession. Graham Kates, CBS News, "Elizabeth Warren, Pramila Jayapal "investigate" John Kelly's role with company that houses migrant kids," 6 June 2019 But know when to hire an expert Despite their skills and determination to learn, the couple concedes there are projects that require a professional. Aimee Picchi, USA TODAY, "Worried that popcorn ceiling is hiding bigger problems? Here's how to renovate on a budget," 5 June 2019 Prior to and after the 10-week assessment period, body weight, height, waist and hip circumference were measured, along with DXA scans for body composition determination, total fat mass, visceral (abdominal) fat, lean mass and bone mineral density. Mackie Shilstone, nola.com, "Are beer & exercising compatible?," 5 June 2019 Mars, the planet of action and determination, has been spinning backward since June 26, causing major professional slow-downs and maddening false starts. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Pisces Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 For my character Fantine, [there is] this idea of seeking love and wanting to fight for love even when all these roadblocks are thrown at her, this constant determination and courageousness that comes with love. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Ahead of the Les Misérables Finale, Lily Collins and David Oyelowo Reflect on the Series," 18 May 2019 These fetuses and embryos will therefore be counted in state population based determinations and will be considered, for tax purposes, dependent minors. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Two Republican Politicians In Georgia Literally Fist-Bumped After Banning Abortion," 16 May 2019 Our Constitution attempted to end the determination of a person’s value by his or her parentage or ancestral land of origin. WSJ, "How Identity Politics Admissions Hurts Most College Students," 14 Feb. 2019 After all of that has been confirmed and your information has been submitted via the FAFSA, your eligibility to receive aid will be predicated on a determination of your need. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "What to Know About Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)," 1 Oct. 2018

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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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The first known use of determination was in the 14th century

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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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