pre·​de·​ter·​mi·​na·​tion | \ ˌprē-di-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce predetermination (audio) \

Definition of predetermination

1 : the act of predetermining : the state of being predetermined: such as
a : the ordaining of events beforehand
b : a fixing or settling in advance
2 : a purpose formed beforehand

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Yet the movie has a mythic thrust that’s partly due to its almost playful manipulation of time, its silent flash-forwards lending the story a feeling of futility and predetermination. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: 1920s Australia Is No ‘Sweet Country’ for Aboriginal Australians," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of predetermination

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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