Determination De*ter`mi*na"tion, n. [L. determinatio boundary, end: cf. F. d['e]termination.] 1. The act of determining, or the state of being determined. [1913 Webster]

2. Bringing to an end; termination; limit. [1913 Webster]

A speedy determination of that war. --Ludlow. [1913 Webster]

3. Direction or tendency to a certain end; impulsion. [1913 Webster]

Remissness can by no means consist with a constant determination of the will . . . to the greatest apparent good. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

4. The quality of mind which reaches definite conclusions; decision of character; resoluteness. [1913 Webster]

He only is a well-made man who has a good determination. --Emerson. [1913 Webster]

5. The state of decision; a judicial decision, or ending of controversy. [1913 Webster]

6. That which is determined upon; result of deliberation; purpose; conclusion formed; fixed resolution. [1913 Webster]

So bloodthirsty a determination to obtain convictions. --Hallam. [1913 Webster]

7. (Med.) A flow, rush, or tendency to a particular part; as, a determination of blood to the head. [1913 Webster]

8. (Physical Sciences) The act, process, or result of any accurate measurement, as of length, volume, weight, intensity, etc.; as, the determination of the ohm or of the wave length of light; the determination of the salt in sea water, or the oxygen in the air. [1913 Webster]

9. (Logic) (a) The act of defining a concept or notion by giving its essential constituents. (b) The addition of a differentia to a concept or notion, thus limiting its extent; -- the opposite of {generalization}. [1913 Webster]

10. (Nat. Hist.) The act of determining the relations of an object, as regards genus and species; the referring of minerals, plants, or animals, to the species to which they belong; classification; as, I am indebted to a friend for the determination of most of these shells.

Syn: Decision; conclusion; judgment; purpose; resolution; resolve; firmness. See {Decision}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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