determination[dē tʉr′mi nā′s̸hən, di-]
- Determination is defined as a firm intent or a decision which has been reached.
- An example of determination is the strength to keep applying for jobs after being turned down by dozens of potential employers.
- An example of determination is a jury's verdict in a trial.
- a determining or being determined (in all senses of the verb)
- a decision arrived at by thought and investigation; conclusion
- a firm intention
- the quality of being resolute; firmness of purpose
- Law the ending of an estate or of an interest or right in property
Origin of determinationClassical Latin determinatio
- a. Firmness of purpose; resolve: approached the task with determination.b. A fixed intention or resolution: returned to school with a determination to finish.
- a. The ascertaining or fixing of the quantity, quality, position, or character of something: a determination of the ship's longitude; a determination of the universe's mass.b. The result of such ascertaining.
- a. The act of making or arriving at a decision: After long determination, she decided to move to Utah.b. The decision reached: It is my determination to sell the house. See Synonyms at decision.
- a. The settling of a question or case by an authoritative decision or pronouncement, especially by a judicial body: The choice of a foster home was left to the determination of the court.b. The decision or pronouncement made.
- The bringing about of a result or outcome: the determination of hair color by the genes.
- Archaic A fixed movement or tendency toward an object or end.
- Logic a. The defining of a concept through its constituent elements.b. The qualification of a concept or proposition to render it more definite or specific.
(countable and uncountable, plural determinations)
- The act of determining, or the state of being determined.
- Bringing to an end; termination; limit.
- Direction or tendency to a certain end; impulsion.
- The quality of mind which reaches definite conclusions; decision of character; resoluteness.
- (countable) The state of decision; a judicial decision, or ending of controversy.
- (countable) That which is determined upon; result of deliberation; purpose; conclusion formed; fixed resolution.
- A flow, rush, or tendency to a particular part; as, a determination of blood to the head.
- (countable) The act, process, or result of any accurate measurement, as of length, volume, weight, intensity, etc.; as, the determination of the ohm or of the wave length of light; the determination of the salt in sea water, or the oxygen in the air.
- The act of defining a concept or notion by giving its essential constituents.
- The addition of a differentia to a concept or notion, thus limiting its extent; -- the opposite of generalization.
- The act of determining the relations of an object, as regards genus and species; the referring of minerals, plants, or animals, to the species to which they belong; classification; as, I am indebted to a friend for the determination of most of these shells.
determination - Legal Definition
A final ruling by a court or agency; the cessation of an interest in property or of a power granted by law.