a. Firmness of purpose; resolve: approached the task with determination.
b. A fixed intention or resolution: returned to school with a determination to finish.
a. The ascertaining or fixing of the quantity, quality, position, or character of something: a determination of the ship's longitude; a determination of the universe's mass.
b. The result of such ascertaining.
a. The act of making or arriving at a decision: After long determination, she decided to move to Utah.
b. The decision reached: It is my determination to sell the house. See Synonyms at decision.
a. The settling of a question or case by an authoritative decision or pronouncement, especially by a judicial body: The choice of a foster home was left to the determination of the court.
b. The decision or pronouncement made.
5. The bringing about of a result or outcome: the determination of hair color by the genes.
6. Archaic A fixed movement or tendency toward an object or end.
a. The defining of a concept through its constituent elements.
b. The qualification of a concept or proposition to render it more definite or specific.
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