One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A predetermining factor, circumstance, etc.
Having the quality of predetermining something.
Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin praedeterminant-, praedeterminans, present participle of praedeterminare. In later use probably from pre- + determinant, after predetermine. With use as adjective compare earlier predetermining and also predeterminative.
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