Etymology
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determinate (adj.)

late 14c., "having defined limits, definite, defined, specific," from Latin determinatus, past participle of determinare "to enclose, bound, set limits to" (see determine). Also "fixed in mind" (mid-15c.).

updated on August 04, 2018

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Definitions of determinate from WordNet

determinate (adj.)
precisely determined or limited or defined; especially fixed by rule or by a specific and constant cause;
determinate variations in animals
a determinate distance
a determinate number
determinate (adj.)
not continuing to grow indefinitely at the apex;
determinate growth
determinate (adj.)
supplying or being a final or conclusive settlement;
a determinate answer to the problem
Synonyms: definitive
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