determinate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin dēterminātus, perfect passive participle of dēterminō ‎(I limit, set bounds).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (adjective, noun) (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈtɜːmɪnət/
  • (verb) (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈtɜːmɪneɪt/

Adjective[edit]

determinate ‎(not comparable)

  1. Distinct, clearly defined. [from 14th c.]
    • Dryden
      Quantity of words and a determinate number of feet.
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, Chapter VIII, p. 122, [1]
      [] on account of his responsibility to Norman and Marigold, and on account of his now determinate age, he considered himself ineligible for more dangerous service.
  2. Fixed, set, unvarying. [from 16th c.]
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Acts II:
      hym have ye taken by the hondes of unrightewes persones, after he was delivered by the determinat counsell and foreknowledge of God, and have crucified and slayne hym [...].
  3. (biology) Of growth: ending once a genetically predetermined structure has formed.
  4. Conclusive; decisive; positive.
    • Bible, Acts ii. 23
      The determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God.
  5. (obsolete) Determined or resolved upon.
    • Shakespeare
      My determinate voyage.
  6. Of determined purpose; resolute.
    • Sir Philip Sidney
      More determinate to do than skillful how to do.

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Noun[edit]

determinate ‎(plural determinates)

  1. (philosophy) A single state of a particular determinable attribute.
    • 2007 September 5, David Denby, “Generating possibilities”, in Philosophical Studies, volume 141, number 2, DOI:10.1007/s11098-007-9159-z:
      And since being negatively-charged and being positively-charged are determinates of the same determinable, [D5] will not permit us to infer worlds where anything negatively-charged is also positively-charged.

Verb[edit]

determinate ‎(third-person singular simple present determinates, present participle determinating, simple past and past participle determinated)

  1. (obsolete) To bring to an end; to determine.
    • Shakespeare
      The sly, slow hours shall not determinate / The dateless limit of thy dear exile.

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Adverb[edit]

determinate

  1. present adverbial passive participle of determini

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

determinate f pl

  1. feminine plural of determinato

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

dētermināte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of dēterminō