adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin determinatus, past participle of determinare Date: 14th century 1. having defined limits <
a determinate period of time
2. definitely settled <
a determinate order of precedence
3. conclusively determined ; definitive <
a determinate answer
4. characterized by sequential flowering from the central or uppermost bud to the lateral or basal buds; also characterized by growth in which the main stem ends in an inflorescence and stops growing with only branches from the main stem having further and similarly restricted growth <
determinate tomato plants
compare indeterminate 4 5. relating to, being, or undergoing egg cleavage in which each division irreversibly separates portions of the zygote with specific potencies for further developmentdeterminately adverbdeterminateness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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