pre·​de·​ter·​mine | \ ˌprē-di-ˈtər-mən How to pronounce predetermine (audio) \
predetermined; predetermining; predetermines

Definition of predetermine

transitive verb

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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In other words, what seems predetermined now was once novel. Meara Sharma, Vogue, "Why I Am Taking the Sari Back to the Street," 30 Apr. 2019 However a child uses the box, nothing will be predetermined by some other person. Lorraine Allen, WSJ, "An Empty Box Is the Perfect Christmas Gift," 19 Dec. 2018 In other words, parents could predetermine the DNA, including physical attributes of their future children. Fox News, "Democrats eye 'fresh face' for 2020," 19 July 2018 The plaintiffs contend city officials’ behind-the-scenes dealings amounted to secret meetings that predetermined the public vote and broke the meetings law. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Lawsuit against Seattle over head-tax meetings moves forward, but repeal vote stands," 17 Nov. 2018 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

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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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