determinism

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noun de·ter·min·ism \di-ˈtər-mə-ˌni-zəm, dē-\

Definition of determinism

  1. 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 lawsb :  a belief in predestination

  2. 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

Origin and Etymology of determinism

see determine


First Known Use: 1838


DETERMINISM Defined for English Language Learners

determinism

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noun de·ter·min·ism \di-ˈtər-mə-ˌni-zəm, dē-\

Definition of determinism for English Language Learners

  • 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

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noun de·ter·min·ism \di-ˈtər-mə-ˌniz-əm\

Medical Definition of determinism

  1. 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. 2:  the quality or state of being determined

deterministic

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determinist

\-ˈtərm-(ə-)nəst\play adjective

deterministically

\-ˌtər-mə-ˈnis-ti-k(ə-)lē\play adverb


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