The verb predetermine means "determine in advance," like when you predetermine how much money you will spend on your friend's birthday present to make shopping easier.

Predetermine comes from the Latin word praedeterminare, from prae, meaning “beforehand,” and determinare, meaning “limit, settle.” When you predetermine things, such as who will bring the food and music to a party, things run more smoothly than if you left it to chance. Another meaning of the word isn't so positive — if the organizers of a contest predetermine that their friend will win, this isn't fair to the other participants.

Definitions of predetermine

v determine beforehand

foreordain, predestine, preordain
foreordain or determine beforehand
foreordain, predestinate, predestine
foreordain by divine will or decree
foredoom to failure
Type of:
determine, influence, mold, regulate, shape
shape or influence; give direction to

v cause to be biased

angle, slant, weight
present with a bias
Type of:
prejudice, prepossess
influence (somebody's) opinion in advance

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