determination

Determination can be a decision, or the focus you need to get something done.

The sense of determination, as making up your mind about something, finds its roots in an Old French word meaning “decision," such as the judge's determination that the man was guilty, or the panel's determination that the chocolate was too bitter. Usually the decision comes after much consideration and research, like when Copernicus made the determination that the earth revolves around the sun. The word has come to mean also grit, gumption, pluck, persistence: "With hard work and determination, they were able finish the school project on time."

Definitions of determination
  1. noun
    the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation
    “the determination of molecular structures”
    synonyms: finding
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    designation, identification
    the act of designating or identifying something
    resolution, solving
    finding a solution to a problem
    proof, substantiation, validation
    the act of validating; finding or testing the truth of something
    disproof, falsification, falsifying, refutal, refutation
    the act of determining that something is false
    fix, localisation, localization, locating, location
    a determination of the place where something is
    predetermination
    the act of determining or ordaining in advance what is to take place
    rectification
    determination of the length of a curve; finding a straight line equal in length to a given curve
    redetermination
    determining again
    diagnosing, diagnosis
    identifying the nature or cause of some phenomenon
    authentication, certification
    validating the authenticity of something or someone
    documentation, support
    documentary validation
    monetisation, monetization
    establishing something (e.g. gold or silver) as the legal tender of a country
    probate
    the act of proving that an instrument purporting to be a will was signed and executed in accord with legal requirements
    echo sounding, echolocation
    determining the location of something by measuring the time it takes for an echo to return from it
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    discovery, find, uncovering
    the act of discovering something
  2. noun
    the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose
    “his determination showed in his every movement”
    synonyms: purpose
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    doggedness, perseverance, persistence, persistency, pertinacity, tenaciousness, tenacity
    persistent determination
    indefatigability, indefatigableness, tirelessness
    tireless determination
    diligence, industriousness, industry
    persevering determination to perform a task
    assiduity, assiduousness, concentration
    great and constant diligence and attention
    sedulity, sedulousness
    the quality of being constantly diligent and attentive
    studiousness
    diligent study
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    firmness, firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolution, resolve
    the trait of being resolute
  3. noun
    deciding or controlling something's outcome or nature
    “the determination of grammatical inflections”
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    deciding, decision making
    the cognitive process of reaching a decision
  4. noun
    the act of making up your mind about something
    synonyms: conclusion, decision
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    appointment, assignment, designation, naming
    the act of putting a person into a non-elective position
    call
    (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee
    move
    the act of deciding to do something
    casting lots, drawing lots, sortition
    making a chance decision by using lots (straws or pebbles etc.) that are thrown or drawn
    resolution
    a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
    nomination
    the act of officially naming a candidate
    co-optation, co-option
    the act of appointing summarily (with or without the appointee's consent)
    delegacy
    the appointment of a delegate
    ordinance, ordination
    the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders
    recognition
    designation by the chair granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body
    demarche
    a move or step or maneuver in political or diplomatic affairs
    maneuver, manoeuvre, tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre
    a move made to gain a tactical end
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    choice, option, pick, selection
    the act of choosing or selecting
  5. noun
    a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration
    “satisfied with the panel's determination
    synonyms: conclusion, decision, verdict
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    predetermination
    a mental determination or resolve in advance; an antecedent intention to do something
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    judgement, judgment, mind
    an opinion formed by judging something
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