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From Middle English determinacion, determynacioun, from Old French determinacion, from Latin dēterminātiō. Morphologically determine +‎ -ation


  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˌtɜːmɪˈneɪʃən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


determination (countable and uncountable, plural determinations)

  1. The act of determining, or the state of being determined.
    Through sheer determination, we managed to escape from the tornado.
  2. Bringing to an end; termination; limit.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet 13:
      So should that beauty which you hold in lease
      Find no determination: then you were
      Yourself again after yourself's decease ...
  3. Direction or tendency to a certain end; impulsion.
  4. The quality of mind which reaches definite conclusions; decision of character; resoluteness.
  5. (countable) The state of decision; a judicial decision, or ending of controversy.
  6. (countable) That which is determined upon; result of deliberation; purpose; conclusion formed; fixed resolution.
  7. A flow, rush, or tendency to a particular part
    a determination of blood to the head
  8. (countable) The act, process, or result of any accurate measurement, as of length, volume, weight, intensity, etc.
    the determination of the wavelength of light
    the determination of the level of salt in sea water
    the determination of the oxygen in the air
  9. The act of defining a concept or notion by giving its essential constituents.
  10. The addition of a distinguishing feature to a concept or notion, thus limiting its extent; -- the opposite of generalization.
  11. The act of determining the relations of an object, such as genus and species; the referring of minerals, plants, or animals, to the species to which they belong; classification
    I am indebted to a friend for the determination of most of these shells.


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determination c (singular definite determinationen, plural indefinite determinationer)

  1. determination


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