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  • The act of determining, or the state of being determined.
  • Bringing to an end; termination; limit.
  • Direction or tendency to a certain end; impulsion.
  • The quality of mind which reaches definite conclusions; decision of character; resoluteness.
  • The state of decision; a judicial decision, or ending of controversy.
  • That which is determined upon; result of deliberation; purpose; conclusion formed; fixed resolution.
  • A flow, rush, or tendency to a particular part; as, a determination of blood to the head.
  • 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.
  • The act of defining a concept or notion by giving its essential constituents.
  • The addition of a differentia to a concept or notion, thus limiting its extent; -- the opposite of generalization.
  • 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.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



De*ter`mi*na"tion (?), n. [L. determinatio boundary, end: cf. F. détermination.] 1. The act of determining, or the state of being determined.

2. Bringing to an end; termination; limit.

A speedy determination of that war.
Ludlow.

3. Direction or tendency to a certain end; impulsion.

Remissness can by no means consist with a constant determination of the will . . . to the greatest apparent good.
Locke.

4. The quality of mind which reaches definite conclusions; decision of character; resoluteness.

He only is a well-made man who has a good determination.
Emerson.

5. The state of decision; a judicial decision, or ending of controversy.

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

So bloodthirsty a determination to obtain convictions.
Hallam.

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

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.

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.

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.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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