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determination (n.)

mid-14c., determinacioun, "decision, sentence in a suit at law, definite or authoritative judicial settlement," from Old French déterminacion "determination, settlement, definition" (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin determinationem (nominative determinatio) "conclusion, boundary," noun of action from past-participle stem of Latin determinare "to enclose, bound, set limits to" (see determine).

Meaning "action of definitely ascertaining" is from 1670s; that of "result ascertained, a conclusion" is from 1560s. As "fixed direction toward a goal or terminal point," from 1650s, originally in physics or anatomy; metaphoric sense "fixation of will toward a goal, state of mental resolution with regard to something" is from 1680s; general sense of "quality of being resolute, fixedness of purpose as a character trait" is by 1822.

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Definitions of determination from WordNet

determination (n.)
the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation;
the determination of molecular structures
Synonyms: finding
determination (n.)
the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose;
his determination showed in his every movement
Synonyms: purpose
determination (n.)
a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration;
satisfied with the panel's determination
Synonyms: decision / conclusion
determination (n.)
deciding or controlling something's outcome or nature;
the determination of grammatical inflections
determination (n.)
the act of making up your mind about something;
Synonyms: decision / conclusion
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