1. having defined limits; definite.
  2. settled; positive.
  3. conclusive; final.
  4. resolute.
  5. Botany. (of an inflorescence) having the primary and each secondary axis ending in a flower or bud, thus preventing further elongation.
  6. Engineering.
    1. (of a structure) able to be analyzed completely by means of the principles of statics.
    2. (of a member of a structure) subject only to definite, known stresses.
    3. (of a stress) able to be determined through the principles of statics.

verb (used with object), de·ter·mi·nat·ed, de·ter·mi·nat·ing.

  1. to make certain of.
  2. to identify.


  1. definitely limited, defined, or fixed; distinct
  2. a less common word for determined
    1. able to be predicted or deduced
    2. (of an effect) obeying the law of causality
  3. botany (of an inflorescence) having the main and branch stems ending in flowers and unable to grow further; cymose
  4. (of a structure, stress, etc) able to be fully analysed or determined

late 14c., from Latin determinatus, past participle of determinare (see determine).

  1. Precisely determined, limited, or defined.
  2. 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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