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 On five of Mitch Trubisky’s seven dropbacks, Nagy dialed up a play that either predetermined or simplified Trubisky’s decision where to throw the ball. Rich Campbell,, "5 observations from rewatching the Bears’ loss to the Chargers, including red-zone ineptitude, Mitch Trubisky’s failed response and the I-formation," 30 Oct. 2019 McVay insisted the running back rotation plan was predetermined, that the Rams do not have a two-running back system and that Brown got the bulk of red-zone carries due to how the game panned out. Jonathan Jones,, "What’s Up With Todd Gurley?," 8 Sep. 2019 The answers to these questions are not predetermined. Martin Finucane,, "MIT report says robots aren’t going to take all our jobs, but people have a right to be worried," 6 Sep. 2019 For the first time, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture, which oversee the committee giving recommendations for the guidelines, have predetermined the topics that will be addressed. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "How the Trump administration limited the scope of the USDA’s 2020 dietary guidelines," 30 Aug. 2019 Our lives may be determined, by some combination of genes, environment, and culture, but they are not predetermined. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "How Cultural Anthropologists Redefined Humanity," 19 Aug. 2019 Why spend money on bribes, books and exams when the future was already predetermined? New York Times, "The Schoolteacher and the Genocide," 8 Aug. 2019 Piper’s position at the very end of Orange Is the New Black was predetermined. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Ballad of Taystee Jefferson," 31 July 2019 That fall predetermined his fall from the Chelsea reckoning, forcing the club to bring back players like David Luiz and Andreas Christensen and then buy Antonio Rudiger, in turn forcing Zouma to look to Stoke City and then Everton to attain minutes., "Kurt Zouma: The 'New Marcel Desailly' Deserves a Starting Berth at Chelsea in 2019/20," 24 July 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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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of predetermine was in 1601

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English Language Learners Definition of predetermine

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

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