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 for determinate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Determinate \De*ter"mi*nate\, v. t.
     To bring to an end; to determine. See Determine. [Obs.]
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           The sly, slow hours shall not determinate
           The dateless limit of thy dear exile.    --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Determinate \De*ter"mi*nate\, a. [L. determinatus, p. p. of
     determinare. See Determine.]
     1. Having defined limits; not uncertain or arbitrary; fixed;
        established; definite.
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              Quantity of words and a determinate number of feet.
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     2. Conclusive; decisive; positive.
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              The determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God.
                                                    --Acts ii. 23.
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     3. Determined or resolved upon. [Obs.]
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              My determinate voyage.                --Shak.
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     4. Of determined purpose; resolute. [Obs.]
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              More determinate to do than skillful how to do.
                                                    --Sir P.
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     Determinate inflorescence (Bot.), that in which the
        flowering commences with the terminal bud of a stem, which
        puts a limit to its growth; -- also called centrifugal
     Determinate problem (Math.), a problem which admits of a
        limited number of solutions.
     Determinate quantities, Determinate equations (Math.),
        those that are finite in the number of values or
        solutions, that is, in which the conditions of the problem
        or equation determine the number.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: precisely determined or limited or defined; especially
             fixed by rule or by a specific and constant cause; "a
             determinate distance"; "a determinate number";
             "determinate variations in animals" [ant:
             indeterminate, undetermined]
      2: not continuing to grow indefinitely at the apex; "determinate
         growth" [ant: indeterminate]
      3: supplying or being a final or conclusive settlement; "a
         definitive verdict"; "a determinate answer to the problem"
         [syn: definitive, determinate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  137 Moby Thesaurus words for "determinate":
     absolute, admitting no exception, all-out, apodictic, ascertained,
     assured, attested, bound, categorical, certain, certified,
     circumscribed, circumscript, clear, clear and distinct,
     clear as day, complete, conclusive, concrete, constant, decided,
     decisive, defined, definite, definitive, delimited, demarcated,
     detailed, determined, diagnose, different, distinct, distinguish,
     distinguished, downright, encircled, entire, esoteric, especial,
     established, exceptional, explicit, express, extraordinary, final,
     finger, fixed, flat, flat-out, global, guaranteed, hedged about,
     immovable, immutable, implicit, in the bag, inalterable,
     inappealable, indisputable, individual, ineluctable, inevitable,
     inner, intimate, invariable, limited, made sure, minute,
     nailed down, narrow, necessary, noteworthy, on ice, open-and-shut,
     out-and-out, outright, particular, peremptory, perfect,
     perfectly sure, personal, pinpoint, place, positive, precise,
     predestined, predetermined, private, proved, recognize, respective,
     restricted, round, secure, set, settled, several, singular,
     solipsistic, special, specific, spot, stated, straight,
     straight-out, sure, sure-enough, surrounded, tested, total, tried,
     true, unalterable, unambiguous, unchangeable, uncircumscribed,
     unconditional, unconditioned, undoubting, unequivocal, unhampered,
     unhesitating, univocal, unlimited, unmistakable, unmitigated,
     unmodifiable, unqualified, unquestioning, unreserved, unrestricted,
     unwaivable, utter, warranted, whole, without exception,
     without reserve

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DETERMINATE. That which is ascertained; what is particularly designated; as, 
  if I sell you my horse Napoleon, the article sold is here determined. This 
  is very different from a contract by which I would have sold you a horse, 
  without a particular designation of any horse. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 947, 950. 

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