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1. The quality or condition of being determinate.
2. The condition of being determined or characterized.
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1. the quality of being defined or fixed
2. the condition of being predicted or deduced
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(dɪˈtɜr mə nə si)

1. the quality of being determinate.
2. the condition of being determined.
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the state of being determinate; the quality of being certain or precise.
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