Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of making or arriving at a decision. See Synonyms at decision.
  • n. The decision reached.
  • n. Firmness of purpose; resolve: approached the task with determination and energy.
  • n. A fixed intention or resolution: returned to school with a determination to finish.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The decision or pronouncement made.
  • n. The ascertaining or fixing of the quantity, quality, position, or character of something: a determination of the ship's longitude; a determination of the mass of the universe.
  • n. The result of such ascertaining.
  • n. A fixed movement or tendency toward an object or end.
  • n. Logic The defining of a concept through its constituent elements.
  • n. Logic The qualification of a concept or proposition to render it more definite or specific.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of determining, or the state of being determined.
  • n. Bringing to an end; termination; limit.
  • n. Direction or tendency to a certain end; impulsion.
  • n. The quality of mind which reaches definite conclusions; decision of character; resoluteness.
  • n. The state of decision; a judicial decision, or ending of controversy.
  • n. That which is determined upon; result of deliberation; purpose; conclusion formed; fixed resolution.
  • n. A flow, rush, or tendency to a particular part; as, a determination of blood to the head.
  • n. The act, process, or result of any accurate measurement, as of length, volume, weight, intensity, etc.; as, the determination of the ohm or of the wave length of light; the determination of the salt in sea water, or the oxygen in the air.
  • n. The act of defining a concept or notion by giving its essential constituents.
  • n. The addition of a differentia to a concept or notion, thus limiting its extent; -- the opposite of generalization.
  • n. The act of determining the relations of an object, as regards genus and species; the referring of minerals, plants, or animals, to the species to which they belong; classification; as, I am indebted to a friend for the determination of most of these shells.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of determining, or the state of being determined.
  • n. Bringing to an end; termination; limit.
  • n. Direction or tendency to a certain end; impulsion.
  • n. The quality of mind which reaches definite conclusions; decision of character; resoluteness.
  • n. The state of decision; a judicial decision, or ending of controversy.
  • n. That which is determined upon; result of deliberation; purpose; conclusion formed; fixed resolution.
  • n. A flow, rush, or tendency to a particular part.
  • n. The act, process, or result of any accurate measurement, as of length, volume, weight, intensity, etc.
  • n.
  • n. The act of defining a concept or notion by giving its essential constituents.
  • n. The addition of a differentia to a concept or notion, thus limiting its extent; -- the opposite of generalization.
  • n. The act of determining the relations of an object, as regards genus and species; the referring of minerals, plants, or animals, to the species to which they belong; classification.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ending; a putting an end to; termination: as, the determination of an estate.
  • n. Delimitation; the act of setting bounds to or of determining the limits of; specifically, assignment to the proper place in a classification or series.
  • n. A determining or deciding, as after consideration or examination; specifically, definite or authoritative judicial settlement, as of a controversy or suit.
  • n. A decision arrived at or promulgated; an authoritative or final ruling; a determinate opinion or conclusion.
  • n. The mental act of deciding or resolving; the fixing or settling of a mental purpose; the act of resolve.
  • n. A state of mental decision or resolution with regard to something; determined purpose; fixed intention: as, determination to succeed in an enterprise; his determination was inflexible.
  • n. The quality of being determined; fixedness of purpose; decision of character; resoluteness: as, a man of determination.
  • n. In old medicine, the turning or determining point; the crisis.
  • n. Tendency or direction.
  • n. Of the blood: abnormal afflux or flow: as, determination of blood to the head.
  • n. The solution of a problem, mathematical or other; an ascertainment of any magnitude or the value of any quantity; especially, a scientific evaluation based upon exact physical measurements: as, a determination of the length of the seconds-pendulum.
  • n. In logic: The process of adding characters to a notion, and thus rendering it more definite, whether this is done by limiting its scope or by an increase of information.
  • n. The differentiating character itself that is added in this process.
  • n.
  • n. In Oxford and other old universities: A solemn disputation in which the respondent is a bachelor of arts, and which is preparatory to graduation as master of arts.
  • n. A disquisition or other act substituted in recent times for the old disputation.
  • n.
  • n. A discussion of a question according to the scholastic method, after the model of a disputation.
  • n. Synonyms Conclusion, settlement, termination.
  • n. Resolution, etc. (see decision), firmness.
  • n. In botany and zoology, the identification, classification, and naming of specimens of plants or animals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose
  • n. deciding or controlling something's outcome or nature
  • n. a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration
  • n. the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation
  • n. the act of making up your mind about something

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