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

n the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation

“the determination of molecular structures”
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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
the act of determining or ordaining in advance what is to take place
determination of the length of a curve; finding a straight line equal in length to a given curve
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
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

n the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose

“his determination showed in his every movement”
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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
diligent study
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firmness, firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolution, resolve
the trait of being resolute

n 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

n the act of making up your mind about something

conclusion, decision
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appointment, assignment, designation, naming
the act of putting a person into a non-elective position
(sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee
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
a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
the act of officially naming a candidate
co-optation, co-option
the act of appointing summarily (with or without the appointee's consent)
the appointment of a delegate
ordinance, ordination
the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders
designation by the chair granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body
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

n a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration

“satisfied with the panel's determination
conclusion, decision
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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