American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To determine, decide, or establish in advance: "These factors predetermine to a large extent the outcome” ( Jessica Mitford).
- v. To influence or sway toward an action or opinion; predispose.
- v. To determine or decide something in advance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To determine beforehand; settle in purpose or counsel.
- To destine by previous decree.
- To make a determination beforehand.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To determine (something) beforehand.
- v. To doom by previous decree; to foredoom.
- v. To determine beforehand.
- v. determine beforehand
- v. cause to be biased
“There really is no way to "predetermine" a class average.”
“How could all these models be set to "predetermine" the conclusion that a 3C increase in surface temperature would result from a doubling of atmospheric CO2, assuming a 1%/year growth rate in the atmosphere?”
“Second, if a Palestinian state is recognized along the 1967 lines in point of fact, nothing more than the 1949 armistice lines, this undermines UN Security Council Resolution 242 and 338 and the Camp David Accords, which call for a negotiated outcome and do not predetermine final boundaries.”
“Employers predetermine which health plans are available to you; insurers select what network of physicians you can see.”
“What we failed to see was that the powerful tools employed for civic development and home production also predetermine social structure to such an extent that there is little room left for free personal choice or flexible adjustment.”
“She and I have been wont to predetermine you, your character, foothold, and outlook, by — say by the fact that you knew your Wordsworth and that you knew him without being able to take for yourself his austere peace.”
“This makes it wonderfully easy for them to predetermine your emotions about an upcoming guest.”
“It's no secret that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans to lobby the U.N. General Assembly this September for a resolution that will predetermine the results of any Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on borders.”
“Whats so awesome about this quote is that Goldberg is virtually announcing that he is fitting the facts around is predetermine conclusion.”
“Since the New Deal, the Court has continually based its constitutional interpretation on terms and tests that redefine the actual constitutional text and effectively predetermine most outcomes.”
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