To determine or decide something in advance.

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  • Predetermine — Pre de*ter mine, v. i. To determine beforehand. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Predetermine — Pre de*ter mine, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Predetermined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Predermining}.] [Pref. pre + determine: cf. F. pr[ e]d[ e]terminer.] 1. To determine (something) beforehand. Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster] 2. To doom by previous decree; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • predetermine — I verb agree beforehand, be biased, be influenced, be jaundiced, be prejudiced, be prepossessed, be swayed, contrive a result, decide beforehand, decide in advance, destinate, destine, determine beforehand, determine in advance, doom, fate,… …   Law dictionary

  • prédéterminé — prédéterminé, ée (pré dé tèr miné, née) part. passé de prédéterminer …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • predetermine — (v.) 1620s, originally theological, from L.L. praedeterminare (Augustine), from prae (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + determinare (see DETERMINE (Cf. determine)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • predeterminé — Predeterminé, [predetermin]ée. part …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • predetermine — ► VERB 1) establish or decide in advance. 2) predestine. DERIVATIVES predetermination noun …   English terms dictionary

  • predetermine — [prē΄dē tʉr′mən] vt. predetermined, predetermining [LL(Ec) praedeterminare: see PRE & DETERMINE] 1. to determine, decide, or decree beforehand 2. to incline, bias, or impel beforehand; prejudice predeterminate [prē΄dē tʉr′mə nit] adj.… …   English World dictionary

  • predetermine — transitive verb Etymology: Late Latin praedeterminare, from Latin prae + determinare to determine Date: 1622 1. a. foreordain, predestine b. to determine beforehand 2. to impose a direction or tendency on beforehand …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • predetermine — predetermination, n. predeterminative /pree di terr meuh nay tiv, neuh tiv/, adj. /pree di terr min/, v.t., predetermined, predetermining. 1. to settle or decide in advance: He had predetermined his answer to the offer. 2. to ordain in advance;… …   Universalium

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