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1. Precisely limited or defined; definite: a determinate number; a determinate distance.
2. Conclusively settled; final.
3. Firm in purpose; resolute.
4. Botany
a. Terminating in a flower and blooming in a sequence beginning with the uppermost or central flower: a determinate inflorescence.
b. Not continuing indefinitely at the tip of an axis: determinate growth.

[Middle English, from Latin dēterminātus, past participle of dētermināre, to determine; see determine.]

de·ter′mi·nate·ly adv.
de·ter′mi·nate·ness n.
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Noun1.determinateness - the quality of being predictable with great confidence
conclusiveness, finality, decisiveness - the quality of being final or definitely settled; "the finality of death"
predictability - the quality of being predictable
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Yates; on the comic, Tom Bertram, not quite alone, because it was evident that Mary Crawford's wishes, though politely kept back, inclined the same way: but his determinateness and his power seemed to make allies unnecessary; and, independent of this great irreconcilable difference, they wanted a piece containing very few characters in the whole, but every character first-rate, and three principal women.
Here, one finds the refreshing, humbly put suggestion that, yes, indeed, sufficient reflection on material reality points to both its own lack of determinateness and to irreducibly spiritual causes, both that of the human psyche and, perhaps, some entity beyond all matter that insures that, ultimately, all shall be well and well understood.
116) It is only to say that the provision takes a form that, more than not, meets the generality and determinateness criteria for being a rule.
29) The body and soul together constitute the nature of human being and together comprise the quidditive determinateness of the human existent.
His indeterminateness (imprecise is the term Bratt uses) weakens the concept of sphere sovereignty, although Bratt believes that sufficient determinateness existed for the political sphere in Kuyper's work.
Hence, their concern with the defense of the individual against every conceivable form of domination, of non-self-determination, domination by society, domination by political power, domination by ideology, domination even by the sheer positivity of 'fact' or the determinateness of ego itself.
In the concreteness of its own acting and in the determinateness of the contexts in which it operates and by which it is always conditioned, being-there discovers the sign of its essential non-belonging.
The consequence, MacIntyre explains, was the "releasing into the culture at large a set of moral concepts which derive from their philosophical ancestry an appearance of rational determinateness and justification which they do not in fact possess" (70).
The conditions for such a reflection lie in what we could call the development of a special kind of sensitivity, one for what we could call the promise of reason--the promise of reason to provide coherence, lucidity, determinateness.
149) As Larry Alexander and Emily Sherwin have explained, "[t]he quality that identifies a rule and distinguishes it from a standard is the quality of determinateness.
The simple substantial identity of the absolute is indeterminate, or rather in it every determinateness of essence and Existence, or of being in general, as well as of reflection, has dissolved itself.
were hardly new even to the nineteenth century, but of determinateness.

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