Determinate meaning

dĭ-tûrmə-nĭt
Determinate is defined as something with a precise or exact form or limit.

Something that can only grow to a certain limit is an example of something that would be described as growing to a determinate limit.

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Having exact limits; definite; distinct; fixed.
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Precisely limited or defined; definite.

A determinate number; a determinate distance.

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Conclusively settled; final.
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Firm in purpose; resolute.
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Distinct, clearly defined. [from 14th c.]
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Settled or decided; conclusive.
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(bot.) Having a flower at the end of the primary axis and of each secondary axis; cymose.
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Precisely determined, limited, or defined.
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Not continuing to grow at an apical meristem. In the cyme, a determinate inflorescence, for example, the first floret develops at the end of the meristem, and no further elongation of the inflorescence can occur.
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Fixed, set, unvarying. [from 16th c.]
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(biology) Of growth: ending once a genetically predetermined structure has formed.
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Of determined purpose; resolute.
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(philosophy) A single state of a particular determinable attribute.
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(obsolete) To bring to an end; to determine.
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Origin of determinate

  • Middle English from Latin dēterminātus past participle of dētermināre to determine determine

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin dēterminātus, perfect passive participle of dēterminō (“limit, set bounds”).

    From Wiktionary