predetermine

verb
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 However, how that memory works in contemporary circumstances is not predetermined. Joyce Dalsheim, The Conversation, "Jewish history explains why some ultra-Orthodox communities defy coronavirus restrictions," 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, "The Two Pandemics," 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, "The Money Farmers: How Oligarchs and Populists Milk the E.U. for Millions," 3 Nov. 2019 Nothing has been predetermined by the village board. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Glencoe solicits resident feedback on recreational cannabis sales as Village Board prepares to discuss potential regulations," 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, "The Long, Winding History of Rock Paper Scissors," 4 Mar. 2020 The answers to these questions are not predetermined. BostonGlobe.com, "Driven by automation and artificial intelligence, “the world now stands on the cusp of a technological revolution” that will “boost the wealth of nations,” The Task Force on the Work of the Future, which included more than 20 faculty drawn from 12 departments, said in its draft report.," 9 Oct. 2019 If the outcome of Trump's trial seems predetermined, Bolton's first-hand report of a quid pro quo might at least convince four Republicans to ensure witness testimony. TheWeek, "Watch highlights from Day 2 of Trump's impeachment defense: slamming Biden and dodging Bolton," 28 Jan. 2020 The answers to these questions are not predetermined. BostonGlobe.com, "Driven by automation and artificial intelligence, “the world now stands on the cusp of a technological revolution” that will “boost the wealth of nations,” The Task Force on the Work of the Future, which included more than 20 faculty drawn from 12 departments, said in its draft report.," 9 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of predetermine was in 1601

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14 May 2020

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“Predetermine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/predetermine. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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predetermine

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English Language Learners Definition of predetermine

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

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