determinism

noun de·ter·min·ism \ di-ˈtər-mə-ˌni-zəm , dē- \
Updated on: 7 May 2018
1 philosophy
a : a theory or doctrine that acts of the will (see 2will 4a), occurrences in nature, or social or psychological phenomena are causally determined by preceding events or natural laws
b : a belief in predestination
2 : the quality or state of being determined

determinist

play \-nəst\ noun or adjective

deterministic

play \-ˌtər-mə-ˈnis-tik\ adjective

deterministically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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DETERMINISM Defined for English Language Learners

determinism

  • philosophy : the belief that all events are caused by things that happened before them and that people have no real ability to make choices or control what happens


Medical Dictionary

determinism

noun de·ter·min·ism \ di-ˈtər-mə-ˌniz-əm \
1 : a theory or doctrine that acts of the will, occurrences in nature, or social or psychological phenomena are causally determined by preceding events or natural laws
  • explained behavior by the combination of an environmental and a genetic determinism
2 : the quality or state of being determined

deterministic

play \-ˌtər-mə-ˈnis-tik\ also determinist play \-ˈtərm-(ə-)nəst\ adjective

deterministically

play \-ˌtər-mə-ˈnis-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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