DIMENSIONS: EVALUATION / Perspective
R E F E R E N C E S
Determine vb ... [ME, fr. MF determiner, fr. L determinare, fr. de- + terminare to limit, fr. terminus boundary, limit - more at Term] vt [14c] 1a: to fix conclusively or authoritatively b: to decide by judicial sentence c: to settle or decide by choice of alternatives or possibilities d: Resolve 2a: to fix the form, position, or character of beforehand: Ordain [two points __ a straight line] b: to bring about as a result: Regulate [demand __s the price] 3a: to fix the boundaries of b: to limit in extent or scope c: to put or set an end to: Terminate [-- an estate] 4: to find out or come to a decision about by investigation, reasoning, or calculation [ __ the answer to the problem] [ __ a position at sea] 5: to bring about the determination of [ __ the fate of a cell] -vi 1: to come to a decision 2: to come to an end or become void
-Syn. See Decide, Discover.
Determination n [14c] 1 a: a judicial decision settling and ending a controversy b: the resolving of a question by argument or reasoning 2 archaic: Termination 3a: the act of deciding definitely and firmly; also: the result of such an act of decision b: the power or habit of deciding definitely and firmly 4: a fixing or finding of the position, magnitude, value, or character of something: as a: the act, process, or result of an accurate measurement b: an identification of the taxonomic position of a plant or animal 5a: the definition of a concept in logic by its essential constituents b: the addition of a differentia to a concept to limit its denotation 6: direction or tendency to a certain end: Impulsion 7: the fixation of the destiny of undifferentiated embryonic tissue
[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]