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predetermine

pre·de·ter·mine

predetermine

 
pronunciation:
pri dih tuhr mihn
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: predetermined, predetermines, predetermining
definition 1: to form or set (a decision, course of action, or the like) ahead of time.
The computer's price was predetermined by foreign competition.
definition 2: to set unalterably; predestine.
One's genes predetermine one's skin color.
definition 3: to influence one in the direction of; incline one toward.
Her father's work as a biologist predetermined her interest in nature.
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derivations: predeterminative (adj.), predetermination (n.), predeterminer (n.)
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