pre·​de·​ter·​mi·​na·​tion ˌprē-di-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce predetermination (audio)
: the act of predetermining : the state of being predetermined: such as
: the ordaining of events beforehand
: a fixing or settling in advance
: a purpose formed beforehand

Examples of predetermination in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From there we’re introduced to the Time Variance Authority where Loki is taken for messing with predetermination—a strict timeline set up by the powerful and mysterious Time Keepers—and introduced to Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson). Erik Kain, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Both seasons of The Umbrella Academy raise questions about the nature of time travel (as presented in the series) and the tension between choice and predetermination. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 3 Aug. 2020 There is comfort in subsuming your sense of individuality to a larger sentiment of prescription and predetermination. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2019 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, 5 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of predetermination was in 1647

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“Predetermination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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