deterministic deterministic  /dɪ ˌtɜr mə ˈnɪ stɪk/


  • (adj) an inevitable consequence of antecedent sufficient causes


  1. But that doesn't mean compromise is out of the question physiological factors are far from deterministic.
  2. But compared with works like Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel, Beattie's take is markedly less deterministic.
  3. Some reviewers have found Morrison's novels overly deterministic, her characters pawns in the service of their creator's designs.



  1. Since the 1960s, to "be black" has, Steele says, required blacks to embrace "a deterministic explanation of black difficulty," a determinism that "automatically blames and obligates white power for black problems."
    on Dec 27, 2007 By: Shelby Steele Source: Daily Press

  2. Dabelko, of the Woodrow Wilson Center, commented: "The challenge is to avoid over-simplistic or deterministic formulations that equate climate change inexorably with genocide or terrorism, as some less careful commentators have done."
    on Jun 28, 2007 By: Geoffrey Dabelko Source:

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