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
Recent Examples on the Web In a Monday letter to the speaker, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said the proposal shouldn't predetermine the commission's conclusions related to the riot, the aide said. Benjamin Siegel, ABC News, 25 Feb. 2021 There’s no reason to bother voting if Georgia is controlled by politicians on the take who use technology to predetermine the outcome of elections. Rich Lowry, National Review, 4 Dec. 2020 June's proposal, which would also allow immigration judges to predetermine certain cases without allowing migrants to testify in court, received more than 87,000 public comments in a 30-day period. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 21 Aug. 2020 However, how that memory works in contemporary circumstances is not predetermined. Joyce Dalsheim, The Conversation, 27 Apr. 2020 The fates of different places are not predetermined, though—city- or statewide public-health orders matter a lot. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, 10 Apr. 2020 But many local farmers say they were told not to bother bidding because winners had been predetermined. Benjamin Novak, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2019 Nothing has been predetermined by the village board. Daniel I. Dorfman,, 22 Oct. 2019 By predetermining their tactics, expert players placate natural human tendencies that might give away their game plan (think: physical tics that indicate your choosing between a rock or a paper move). Anna Ben Yehuda Rahmanan, Popular Mechanics, 4 Mar. 2020

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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 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of predetermine

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

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