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de·ter·mi·nate  audio  (d-tûrm-nt) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Precisely limited or defined; definite: a determinate number; a determinate distance.
  2. Conclusively settled; final.
  3. Firm in purpose; resolute.
  4. Botany
    1. Terminating in a flower and blooming in a sequence beginning with the uppermost or central flower; cymose: a determinate inflorescence.
    2. Not continuing indefinitely at the tip of an axis: determinate growth.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Latin dtermintus, past participle of dterminre, to determine ; see determine

OTHER FORMS:
de·termi·nate·ly(Adverb), de·termi·nate·ness(Noun)


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