pre·​de·​ter·​mine | \ˌprē-di-ˈtər-mən \
predetermined; predetermining; predetermines

Definition of predetermine 

transitive verb

1a : foreordain, predestine

b : to determine beforehand

2 : to impose a direction or tendency on beforehand

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Examples of predetermine in a Sentence

The sex of the child is predetermined when the egg is fertilized. religious sects that believe that an individual's salvation has been predetermined by God

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Whether or not their opposition was predetermined, the Democratic leadership in the Senate is ready to stand beside the Women's March in the effort to block Kavanaugh. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Women's March slammed for goof in statement on Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination," 10 July 2018 Contract terms were not disclosed, but all rookie salaries are predetermined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, as negotiated between the league and the players' union. Tom Groeschen,, "Cincinnati Bearcats' Jacob Evans III signs with NBA champion Golden State Warriors," 2 July 2018 Building through the draft is also a way to maximize cap space, too, as salaries for draft picks are predetermined and affordable. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Adam Silver says NBA continues focus on preventing tanking," 13 Apr. 2018 Women whose individual histories, passions, and decisions carve out an idiosyncratic plot — not ones whose destinies are predetermined by a premise made musky by time and overuse., "No More “But With Women” Remakes. Just Make Better Movies For Women.," 13 June 2018 While opinion surveys indicate a strong majority of Russians back Putin, many see the outcome as predetermined and simply won’t bother to vote. Washington Post, "A self-assured Putin seems confident of electoral victory," 15 Mar. 2018 The outcomes are predetermined and the violence, while physical, is largely staged. Donna Abdulaziz, WSJ, "Saudi Women Get a Live Look at Once ‘Indecent’ Pro Wrestlers," 27 Apr. 2018 But her destiny of joining the armed forces was not predetermined. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sarah Bonar’s journey from the Army to the top of SF’s pastry world," 25 May 2018 For all of his seeming good-naturedness, Bernard, like the other hosts, is a ticking time bomb, ready to snap at Robert’s predetermined choosing. William Lee,, "‘Westworld’ Episode 4 recap: 5 things to know about ‘The Riddle of the Sphinx’," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of predetermine

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for predetermine

Late Latin praedeterminare, from Latin prae- + determinare to determine

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English Language Learners Definition of predetermine

: to decide (something) before it happens or in advance

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