determination

noun
de·​ter·​mi·​na·​tion | \ di-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce determination (audio) \

Definition of determination

1a law : a judicial decision settling and ending a controversy the court's determination in that case documents that will be used for the determination of ownership judicial determinations
b : the resolving of a question by argument or reasoning Inspectors made the determination that the building is unsafe.
2 archaic : termination
3a : the act of deciding definitely and firmly also : the result of such an act of decision
b : firm or fixed intention to achieve a desired end a woman of great courage and determination fierce determination to succeed
4 : a fixing or finding of the position, magnitude, value, or character of something: such as
a : the act, process, or result of an accurate measurement more precise determination of the size of the tumor
b biology : an identification of the taxonomic position of a plant or animal
5 philosophy
a : the definition of a concept in logic by its essential constituents (see constituent entry 1 sense 2)
b : the addition of a differentia to a concept to limit its denotation
6 : direction or tendency to a certain end : impulsion
7 biology : the fixation of the destiny of undifferentiated embryonic tissue

Examples of determination in a Sentence

What he lacked in talent he made up for in determination. The new instruments allow for more precise determination of the size of the tumor. The document will be used for determination of ownership.
Recent Examples on the Web With their vicious defense, steely confidence and quiet determination, the Celtics are very much Udoka’s team. Ben Cohen, WSJ, 4 May 2022 Yet the largest, and most delicate, imponderable is how Mr. Putin will respond to the allies’ determination to help the Ukrainians prevail. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 May 2022 With the court’s evident determination to significantly narrow those rights, silence won’t work anymore. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 In simple terms, this play is about a young woman’s determination to find life, whatever the circumstances. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 1 May 2022 There remains the possibility of a settlement, though that seems unlikely given Bauer's strident denials and determination to fight any suspension. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2022 The combination of his dyslexia and family history make for an interesting pathology, marked at once by shame and determination. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 The reality is that Thatcher’s premiership was marked not just by iron determination and ideological mission but by political pragmatism, incrementalism, diplomatic failure abroad, and widespread public loathing at home. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 24 Apr. 2022 Official pronouncements underscore China’s determination to stick to its zero-COVID policy. Amy Gunia, Time, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of determination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for determination

see determine

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“Determination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/determination. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for determination

determination

noun
de·​ter·​mi·​na·​tion | \ di-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce determination (audio) \

Kids Definition of determination

1 : firm or fixed intention She set out with determination to complete the journey.
2 : an act of deciding or the decision reached Has the jury made a determination?
3 : an act of making sure of the position, size, or nature of something a determination of location

determination

noun
de·​ter·​mi·​na·​tion | \ di-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce determination (audio) \

Medical Definition of determination

1 : a fixing or finding of the position, magnitude, quantity, value, or character of something: as
a : the act, process, or result of an accurate measurement
b : an identification of the taxonomic position of a plant or animal
2 : the fixation of the destiny of undifferentiated embryonic tissue — compare differentiation sense 2b

determination

noun
de·​ter·​mi·​na·​tion

Legal Definition of determination

: a decision of a court or administrative agency regarding an issue, case, or claim

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