Meaning of deterministic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdɪtəːmɪˈnɪstɪk/


  • Relating to the philosophical doctrine that all events, including human action, are ultimately determined by causes regarded as external to the will.

    ‘a deterministic theory’
    • ‘Throughout the book, he emphasizes that an evolutionary approach is not deterministic.’
    • ‘Strictly speaking this process of inference cannot be completely deterministic.’
    • ‘He expressed an underlying instability indicative of the gradual disillusionment with the promises of deterministic reasoning.’
    • ‘Of course, the universe on one reading is highly abstract and some of its laws are mechanistic and deterministic.’
    • ‘He rejects each of these ideologies of history, usually because they project a reductive or deterministic model of African-American identity.’