determinism determinism  /dɪ ˈtɜr mə ˌnɪ zəm/


  • (n) (philosophy) a philosophical theory holding that all events are inevitable consequences of antecedent sufficient causes; often understood as denying the possibility of free will

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  1. I'm a big believer in geographic determinism, and I suspect the clement weather in San Francisco has a lot to do with its pervading buoyant mood.
  2. This determinism appalled some friends such as Max Born, who thought it completely undermined the foundations of human morality.
  3. In the long run there is no turning back this age of self-determinism.


  • Why the Tories Are Flailing

    In British politics, economic determinism is an unreliable guide to electoral outcomes.
    on December 19, 2013     Source: New York Times

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  1. "My dad was one who never took on adversity without a lot of hope and a sense of determinism to overcome whatever obstacles were in his way," said Rep. Patrick Kennedy.
    on Sep 14, 2009 By: Patrick Kennedy Source: WBKO

  2. As the literary critic Lionel Trilling wrote in 1963, Mr. Mailer "probe[s] modern society on a level deeper than that of political and economic determinism."
    on Nov 10, 2007 By: Lionel Trilling Source: Boston Globe (registration)

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