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

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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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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“Predetermine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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