Definition of predetermine in English:



  • 1Establish or decide in advance.

    ‘closed questions almost predetermine the response given’
    ‘a predetermined level of spending’
    • ‘They pass on hereditary privileges: a mother's rank predetermines that of the daughter.’
    • ‘Like most Arab palaces, the Al-Sijood was built gradually, without a predetermined plan.’
    • ‘They often use a rheostat, which is similar to a humidistat, so that not only can you predetermine the level of humidity you want, but also allow the machine to adjust intelligently to overall humidity.’
    • ‘These methods in fact predetermine the scientific level of research into various problems facing the military.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most damning evidence is in the chapter by Painter, which argues that the use of questionnaires imposes culture on others and inevitably predetermines responses.’
    • ‘Psychiatric pharmacogenetics attempts to define genetic variations in patients that will predetermine their responses to a specific medication.’
    • ‘No matter where they start, they all seem predetermined to flee as far as possible.’
    • ‘Thus, of ever growing importance in the military sphere for the developed democratic countries is the civilizing factor, which predetermines the level of acceptable casualties in solving foreign policy problems by military means.’
    • ‘At a predetermined time, the bomb could be exploded in the basement.’
    • ‘Preset and predetermined buildings, can be bought or rented, and can be furnished.’
    • ‘The government allocated transferable rights to emit predetermined levels of emissions.’
    • ‘Creativity is neither random nor entirely predetermined, in other words.’
    • ‘This instruction tells the website to close a contract when the losses reach a predetermined level.’
    • ‘They would be offered the work on a franchise basis for a fixed period and a predetermined fee.’
    • ‘In an Islamic framework, there is no room for acquiring capital at a fixed and predetermined interest rate.’
    • ‘The user can only search for five variables and in a fixed way, predetermined by the form.’
    • ‘The interviewer has to predetermine the total points to select a successful candidate.’
    prearranged, arranged in advance, established in advance, set, fixed, preset, pre-agreed, pre-established, pre-planned, pre-decided, agreed, settled
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    1. 1.1 Predestine (an outcome or course of events)
      ‘a strong sense that life had been predetermined’
      • ‘It cannot be based on any assumptions about human nature, and it cannot be expected to lead to predetermined outcomes.’
      • ‘There is no predetermined or universal or permanent definition.’
      • ‘It does not predetermine the outcome of the immigration decision.’
      • ‘Only those with empty lives continue to watch when the result is predetermined.’
      • ‘Even after the assassination, it was by no means predetermined that war would result.’
      • ‘Whether these agendas are predetermined or the product of free will, it's largely irrelevant from our perspective.’
      • ‘The outcome is not predetermined but reflects a political contest over the exercise of power and meanings.’
      • ‘If you want to say the outcomes of matches are predetermined, that's fine.’
      • ‘The factor of surprise has become more important - it predetermines the course and the outcome of initial operations and the entire campaign, therefore troops should be better prepared and their combat readiness should be improved.’
      • ‘There simply is no predetermined impact because of the crucial roles of economics, politics and culture.’
      • ‘It is tempting to conclude that the outcome of the parliamentary elections is predetermined.’
      • ‘In a meaningful election, the outcome isn't predetermined or entirely predictable.’
      • ‘An attempt by parliament to predetermine the outcome of judicial activity is, at least on the face of it, in contravention of the doctrine of separation of powers which is in fact enshrined in our Constitution.’
      • ‘It's better to control distance by predetermining the ball's trajectory.’
      • ‘In answer to the first part of the question, this Government does not predetermine the results of reviews.’
      • ‘The Minister said that the wording of all previous drafts predetermined the outcome in relation to export refunds.’
      • ‘In my psychic readings, I don't usually see an unchangeable, predetermined event.’
      predestined, preordained, foreordained, fated
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Early 17th century: from late Latin praedeterminare, from prae ‘beforehand’ + determinare ‘limit, settle’.