De*ter"mi*nate (?), a. [L. determinatus, p. p. of determinare. See Determine.]


Having defined limits; not uncertain or arbitrary; fixed; established; definite.

Quantity of words and a determinate number of feet. Dryden.


Conclusive; decisive; positive.

The determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God. Acts ii. 23.


Determined or resolved upon.


My determinate voyage. Shak.


Of determined purpose; resolute.


More determinate to do than skillful how to do. Sir P. Sidney.

Determinate inflorescence Bot., that in which the flowering commences with the terminal bud of a stem, which puts a limit to its growth; -- also called centrifugal inflorescence. -- Determinate problem Math., a problem which admits of a limited number of solutions. -- Determinate quantities, Determinate equations Math., those that are finite in the number of values or solutions, that is, in which the conditions of the problem or equation determine the number.


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De*ter"mi*nate (?), v. t.

To bring to an end; to determine. See Determine.


The sly, slow hours shall not determinate The dateless limit of thy dear exile. Shak.


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