Definition of determination in English:



mass noun
  • 1The quality of being determined; firmness of purpose.

    ‘those who succeed because of sheer grit and determination’
    • ‘There is no drive, commitment or determination to do anything worthwhile on the pitch.’
    • ‘The chance was there and I had a go and, although it didn't work out, I've got the grit and determination to succeed.’
    • ‘Sometimes we make our achievements possible not by brilliance or talent but by the sheer, dogged determination that leads us to get up each day and try again.’
    • ‘They haven't been particularly good, but there has been a robustness and determination to them; qualities lacking earlier in the season.’
    • ‘The boys can however, be proud of their display and they showed great grit and determination to make a contest of it against much more physical and stronger opponents.’
    • ‘She described the book as ‘a fine history of stern stuff, independence - of sheer determination to survive’.’
    • ‘His unflinching determination to take the time he needed to reach a considered decision marked him out as an unusual talent and in the process he upgraded the standing of referees within the game.’
    • ‘Since he was elected president of the Russian Federation, he has often publicly assured journalists of his determination to respect their independence.’
    • ‘There is also something admirable about the slow pace of change in the U.S. quality media and their determination to hang onto the tried and tested formulas.’
    • ‘The king's undeniable ruthlessness can be seen either as needless brutality, or as necessitous firmness in his utter determination to achieve total victory.’
    • ‘Her trainers believe that she has the ability, commitment and determination to realise her Olympic dream but she will need a little financial help to get there.’
    • ‘This is an amazing school, defying its size through sheer determination to make the most of school life, through sporting activities, projects and school tours.’
    • ‘His determination to improve the quality of colonial workmanship and to impose a businesslike system of payments incurred many enemies.’
    • ‘Turkey, perhaps, deserved the victory more by showing more purpose and determination to get forward than their African opponents.’
    • ‘His leadership qualities and determination to challenge capitalism earned him lasting respect from all who knew him, particularly in his role as union steward and factory convenor.’
    • ‘Reform of the banking sector becomes an acid test of this government's determination to change public perception of its competence and its commitment to competition.’
    • ‘And the union's determination to push its social agenda into schools is driving significant numbers of parents to withdraw their children from public schools.’
    • ‘So could she ever go back to just enjoying sailing without the goal-setting, ambitious drive and determination to set records and win races?’
    • ‘I would not be here today if it had not been for their sheer determination to find me.’
    • ‘He has the grit and determination to drive the atomic research centre towards its stated goal.’
    resolution, resolve, resoluteness
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  • 2The process of establishing something exactly by calculation or research.

    ‘determination of molecular structures’
    • ‘Among the important results of their study is the role played by education in the wage determination process.’
    • ‘Other methods of molecular weight determination include gel permeation chromatography, end-group analysis, and osmometry.’
    • ‘This makes determination of the local protein concentration difficult.’
    • ‘There is no acceptance of the place of performance assessment within career structures for teachers and in the accepted processes for the determination of rewards.’
    • ‘The second part of the evaluation process is the determination of healthfulness of the products one is forced to eat when meat, etc. products are eliminated.’
    • ‘It is therefore fair to say that, as a consequence of the integration process, trade union behaviour in the wage determination process has become interrelated across member states.’
    • ‘This grouping was done to establish the final cohorts that would permit comparison and allow determination of the utilization of order sets.’
    • ‘For he explained the process of wage determination in full, whereas the later version was simply a theory of the demand for labour.’
    • ‘This fundamental research work enables the determination of biological endpoints, which can be used to set up in vitro tests.’
    • ‘Histopathologic verification of malignancy remains essential for a firm diagnosis and determination of appropriate therapy.’
    • ‘Postpartum interval was calculated by the determination of plasma progesterone concentrations.’
    • ‘The key is that their development should be a matter for local determination.’
    • ‘It is founded on a misconception of the role of consumption rather than production in the income determination process.’
    • ‘The tariffs are subject to final determination next month.’
    • ‘They suggested the government give financial support to local investors in the service sector and oversee service price determination by local and foreign operators.’
    • ‘Explanation is substituted for deduction, prediction, solution, determination and calculation as the objectives of science.’
    • ‘However, proteins sharing the same fold can have different functions, and structure determination and analysis will not always mean that function can be derived.’
    • ‘These calculations lead to the determination of the product's value-based price, which in the figure is just above $200.’
    • ‘To date, this has hindered determination of the molecular structure of the pigments.’
    • ‘Further data processing (calibration, determination of peak area, averaging, etc.) is done by computer.’
    calculation, discovery, ascertainment, establishment, fixing, deduction, divination, diagnosis, discernment, check, verification, confirmation
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    1. 2.1Law The settlement of a dispute by the authoritative decision of a judge or arbitrator.
      ‘expert determination’
      • ‘Is Ontario the appropriate and convenient forum for determination of the issues raised and claims advanced by Banks in his amended statement of claim?’
      • ‘So far as our claim for damages pursuant to those undertakings are concerned, the order I seek is for it to be remitted to a judge for determination.’
      • ‘The purpose of section 73 is to require the claimants to bring all claims in one appeal, and to achieve finality in determination of that single appeal.’
      • ‘It does, however, with the authority of the Act, lay the ground for enforcement by the provision that until final determination of the dispute the decision is binding.’
      • ‘It would be artificial to do so in the circumstances, pending the arbitrators' determination of the matters that are within their jurisdiction.’
    2. 2.2Law count noun A judicial decision or sentence.
      • ‘Since that time the applicants have been contesting that determination.’
      • ‘The previous determination may include a settlement.’
      • ‘At paragraph 16 of his determination the Adjudicator concluded that he accepted Dr Gallwey's assessment.’
      • ‘If this court is satisfied that the judge's determination was wrong, it must allow this appeal.’
      • ‘I have to say that I find the Agency's stance on the Wretton determination surprising.’
  • 3The controlling or deciding of the nature or outcome of something.

    ‘genetic sex determination’
    • ‘Sexual behavior in Drosophila is under the control of the sex determination pathway.’
    • ‘These are the basic questions to be solved to understand the genetic mechanisms of sex determination and their evolution.’
    • ‘Did anyone mention a sharp declining male-female ratio, existing female infanticide and increased selective abortion of the female fetus through sex determination?’
    • ‘In some dioecious species, sex determination is controlled by genes on sex chromosomes.’
    • ‘The gene doublesex of Drosophila is the last gene in the genetic cascade that controls sex determination.’
    • ‘We assume that control of sex determination in the ancestor of Drosophila was through heterogamety at the dsx locus.’
    • ‘SRY controls sex determination not just in humans and mice but in many other mammals, from dogs to kangaroos.’
    • ‘Biologist Jack Frazier pointed out that the temperature around the eggs during the incubation is critical in sex determination.’
    • ‘Hence, Sxl does not appear to play the key discriminating role in controlling sex determination and dosage compensation in sciarids that it plays in Drosophila.’
    • ‘Diploid males have subsequently been found in many species of Hymenoptera and have been taken as evidence for the widespread occurrence of this method of sex determination.’
    • ‘Were changes in protein sequence required for XSE gene products to interact with Sxl Pe, and if so, are these new residues important only for sex determination?’
    • ‘When sex determination is under zygotic control, the probability of an individual being male depends upon its genotype rather than that of its mother.’
    • ‘As well as being useful, the tra mutations were obviously relevant to the developmental genetics of males and to sex determination in general.’
    • ‘Our results support the idea that divergent tra homologs might control sex determination in yet other dipteran species, where a dsx gene has been identified.’
    • ‘Simplified model for control of germline sex determination in C. elegans.’
    • ‘Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain the mechanism of such sex determination, including control at a single polymorphic locus.’
    • ‘This indicates that the maternal Odsm1 genotype itself, rather than the genotype of the offspring, controls the sex determination.’
    • ‘Another classic fish model for studying genetic sex determination is the medaka Oryzias latipes.’
    • ‘Chromosomal sex determination can also be more complex, with multiple X and Y chromosomes, or maternal, as in the carrion fly Chrysomya rufifacies.’
    • ‘In mammals, male sex determination is triggered by a primary signal, encoded by the testis determining factor SRY, localized on the Y chromosome.’
    setting, fixing, specification, a decision about, settlement, designation, allotment, arrangement, choice, naming, nomination, appointment, establishment, authorization, prescription
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  • 4Law
    The cessation of an estate or interest.

    • ‘It however now seems clear, from a case in Yelverton, that the assignment by the tenant at will of his interest to a third party is no determination of the tenancy, unless the lessor at will have notice.’
    • ‘Thus during the war a lease could have been granted for 10 years with a provision for determination if the war ended earlier, and this would satisfy the rule in Lace v Chantler.’
  • 5archaic A tendency to move in a fixed direction.

    • ‘The image of God in which man was created did not consist in an inclination and determination of the will to holiness.’
    • ‘Second, retained membranes and septic substances result in a determination of blood to the uterus.’


Late Middle English (in the senses ‘settlement of a controversy by a judge or by reasoning’ and ‘authoritative opinion’): via Old French from Latin determinatio(n-), from the verb determinare (see determine).