Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To determine, decide, or establish in advance: "These factors predetermine to a large extent the outcome” ( Jessica Mitford).
  • transitive v. To influence or sway toward an action or opinion; predispose.
  • intransitive v. To determine or decide something in advance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To determine or decide in advance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To determine beforehand.
  • transitive v. To determine (something) beforehand.
  • transitive v. To doom by previous decree; to foredoom.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To determine beforehand; settle in purpose or counsel.
  • To destine by previous decree.
  • To make a determination beforehand.

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

  • v. determine beforehand
  • v. cause to be biased

Etymologies

From pre- +‎ determine. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There really is no way to "predetermine" a class average.

    Academe's Dirty Little Secret

  • 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?

    Pajamas Media

  • 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.

    David Harris: Support Peace: Oppose Palestinian UN Gambit

  • Employers predetermine which health plans are available to you; insurers select what network of physicians you can see.

    Power to the Patients

  • 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.

    Charles R. Wolfe: Urbanism Chasing Utopia

  • 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.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • This makes it wonderfully easy for them to predetermine your emotions about an upcoming guest.

    Hulu.com: 5 Easy Ways for Comedians to Survive The View

  • 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.

    Dore Gold: Israel's 1967 Borders Aren't Defensible

  • Whats so awesome about this quote is that Goldberg is virtually announcing that he is fitting the facts around is predetermine conclusion.

    Matthew Yglesias » Jonah Goldberg Having Trouble Finding Upside of Economic Catastrophe

  • 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.

    Buzzing By The Constitution

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