Definition of predetermine in English:



[with object]
  • 1Establish or decide in advance.

    ‘closed questions almost predetermine the response given’
    ‘a predetermined level of spending’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These methods in fact predetermine the scientific level of research into various problems facing the military.’
    • ‘Like most Arab palaces, the Al-Sijood was built gradually, without a predetermined plan.’
    • ‘They would be offered the work on a franchise basis for a fixed period and a predetermined fee.’
    • ‘Preset and predetermined buildings, can be bought or rented, and can be furnished.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Creativity is neither random nor entirely predetermined, in other words.’
    • ‘The government allocated transferable rights to emit predetermined levels of emissions.’
    • ‘In an Islamic framework, there is no room for acquiring capital at a fixed and predetermined interest rate.’
    • ‘The interviewer has to predetermine the total points to select a successful candidate.’
    • ‘At a predetermined time, the bomb could be exploded in the basement.’
    • ‘Psychiatric pharmacogenetics attempts to define genetic variations in patients that will predetermine their responses to a specific medication.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The user can only search for five variables and in a fixed way, predetermined by the form.’
    • ‘This instruction tells the website to close a contract when the losses reach a predetermined level.’
    • ‘They pass on hereditary privileges: a mother's rank predetermines that of the daughter.’
    • ‘No matter where they start, they all seem predetermined to flee as far as possible.’
    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’
      • ‘Even after the assassination, it was by no means predetermined that war would result.’
      • ‘In answer to the first part of the question, this Government does not predetermine the results of reviews.’
      • ‘It is tempting to conclude that the outcome of the parliamentary elections is predetermined.’
      • ‘Whether these agendas are predetermined or the product of free will, it's largely irrelevant from our perspective.’
      • ‘In a meaningful election, the outcome isn't predetermined or entirely predictable.’
      • ‘It does not predetermine the outcome of the immigration decision.’
      • ‘The Minister said that the wording of all previous drafts predetermined the outcome in relation to export refunds.’
      • ‘The outcome is not predetermined but reflects a political contest over the exercise of power and meanings.’
      • ‘In my psychic readings, I don't usually see an unchangeable, predetermined event.’
      • ‘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 is no predetermined or universal or permanent definition.’
      • ‘If you want to say the outcomes of matches are predetermined, that's fine.’
      • ‘Only those with empty lives continue to watch when the result is predetermined.’
      • ‘It's better to control distance by predetermining the ball's trajectory.’
      • ‘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 cannot be based on any assumptions about human nature, and it cannot be expected to lead to predetermined outcomes.’
      • ‘There simply is no predetermined impact because of the crucial roles of economics, politics and culture.’
      predestined, preordained, foreordained, fated
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Early 17th century: from late Latin praedeterminare, from prae ‘beforehand’ + determinare ‘limit, settle’.