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- n. The state or quality of being determinate.
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- n. State of being determinate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being determinate, certain, or precise.
- n. The quality of being determined or of persevering fixedness of purpose; determination.
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- n. the quality of being predictable with great confidence
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There are alleged asymmetries of "determinateness" of reality: It is sometimes claimed that past and present have determinate reality, but that the future, being a realm of mere possibilities, has no such determinate being at all.
Incidentally, one should, of course, concede that scarlet itself is only a determinable relative to a more specific shade of it, so that more accurately one should speak of a scale of determinateness from most to least.
Nevertheless, he assures us that whatever happens by chance is "determined and ordered according to this type of determinateness and order" (Wars, II. 2, p. 34).
For present purposes, one may reply briefly that the determinateness of the truth in a future contingent proposition does not have to derive from its being the case that the cause from which a given effect will proceed is already, in its own power and ability, determined to that effect at the time or instant when it is true to say that the effect is going to occur.
Rather, this determinateness derives solely from the fact that at some future time the cause in question will be determined in its action to a given free effect.
Bollert argued that relativity theory had "clarified" the Kantian position in the Transcendental Aesthetic by demonstrating that not space and time, but spatiality (determinateness in positional ordering) and temporality (in order of succession) are
Abelard also distinguished between determinateness and certainty.
Impressed to the point of awe by the precise structural determinateness of all living things, Swammerdam went in fact to the oppo - site extreme of doubting the possibility even of epigenesis.
Against the view that the intelligible universal in the intellect is divested of all specifying or individuating determi - nations, Al-Ghazali urges that everything in the intel - lect is derived from the senses and retains all the con - crete determinateness of sense experience.
God as well as in the created soul, whereby the differentiation or transition is made from indeterminateness to determinateness, with the difference that this process in God must be thought of as consummated from all eternity.