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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In a second-best world, on Mr. Powell’s arrival in February 2018, the Fed would have shrunk its balance sheet with speed and determination before raising rates. Kevin Warsh, WSJ, "Fed Tightening? Not Now," 16 Dec. 2018 This is my favorite kind of playing, and both teams exude talent and determination. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "The Improbable Beauty of Lukaku’s Hop," 6 July 2018 That’s a direct result of the focus and determination of our teachers, administrators, support staff, students and parents. Jerry Fallstrom, OrlandoSentinel.com, "More Lake County schools earn A's and B's, district maintains B grade," 28 June 2018 Curiosity and determination led retired Air Force Maj. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Historian and UTSA archaeologists discover remains at forgotten African American burial site," 18 June 2018 Let it not be said that there is any less vigor and determination back of the pursuit of the Gordon girl’s fiendish slayer than there would have been had the little victim been white. Hadley Meares, Los Angeles Magazine, "One of the “Tragic Mysteries in Local History” Has Been All But Forgotten," 7 June 2018 On the page or in front of the camera, Domino is all about taking long odds and building to the best possible outcome with confidence and determination. Chris Sims, The Verge, "Domino deserves a spinoff film, and there are amazing comic stories to mine," 24 May 2018 There is more of a determination to really celebrate our distinctiveness as Jews and our identity as a people. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Why Hanukkah’s message of Jewish resilience matters so much after Pittsburgh," 29 Nov. 2018 Ostrander's victory in the steeplechase and fourth-place finish in the 5,000 came just 80 minutes apart, and showed a grit and determination that has since become contagious on the Boise State track team. Rachel Roberts, idahostatesman, "Boise State's hopes no longer depend on Ostrander's legs alone," 6 June 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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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
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Legal Definition of determination

: a decision of a court or administrative agency regarding an issue, case, or claim

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