predetermine

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verb pre·de·ter·mine \-di-ˈtər-mən\

Definition of predetermine

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  foreordain, predestineb :  to determine beforehand

  3. 2 :  to impose a direction or tendency on beforehand

Examples of predetermine in a sentence

  1. The sex of the child is predetermined when the egg is fertilized.

  2. religious sects that believe that an individual's salvation has been predetermined by God

Origin and Etymology of predetermine

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


First Known Use: 1601


PREDETERMINE Defined for English Language Learners

predetermine

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verb pre·de·ter·mine \-di-ˈtər-mən\

Definition of predetermine for English Language Learners

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



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