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

  • n. The quality or condition of being determinate.
  • n. The condition of being determined or characterized.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The ability to be completely determined in a definite way; the quality of being determinate.
  • n. (game theory) The study of the circumstances under which a game has a winning strategy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Determinateness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Determinateness.


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  • To make a purely formal appeal to an absent "determinacy" is a meaningless proposition, since to talk of

    The Melancholic Gift: Freedom in Nineteenth-Century Philosophy and Fiction

  • But we do not know if determinacy is true or false, and we cannot perform any experiment to answer the question.

    Bunny and a Book

  • Partial/Total: Conventionally, fantastique employs partial warp morphing, placing credibility and determinacy warps in equipoise, while mystery fiction employs total warp morphing, recasting all alethic quirks as cryptica.

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  • Warp morphing: The credibility warp of an alethic quirk may be translated to determinacy warp by interrogating the actuality of appearances.

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  • Determinacy warp: Where alethic quirks defy credibility, epistemic quirks defy determinacy.

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  • Sway: While credibility warp and determinacy warp are qualities of the narrative as read, it is a practical shorthand to talk of them as features in the text itself.

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  • Part of what makes equilibrium warp thornier and harder to explain is that with credibility and determinacy warp you're dealing with possibility and actuality, challenges to which can be resolved by filling in gapstory, rendering the story choate.

    Archive 2010-01-01

  • With the unresolved limina of Gertrude's involvement only fuelling his existential crisis, trapped in a tangle of determinacy and authoritative warp, Hamlet has only his affective judgement to fall back.

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  • The term “mundane” does exclude the alethic quirks but also suggests an exclusion of determinacy or equilibrium warps; this is why it carries a pejorative sense of “dull”.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • Actually, with this example of a limina, thinking about it, it seems that we might well prefer the determinacy warp unresolved, the quirk left dewarped.

    Archive 2010-01-01


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