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predetermine

verb [T] uk   /ˌpriː.dɪˈtɜː.mɪn/ us    /-diːˈtɝː.mən/ formal
to decide or arrange something at an earlier time: It's impossible to say how much a person's behaviour is predetermined by their genes.
predetermination
noun [U] uk   /-ˌtɜː.mɪˈneɪ.ʃən/ us    /-ˌtɝː.məˈneɪ.ʃən/ formal
predetermined
adjective uk   /-mɪnd/ us  
At a predetermined time, we'll all shout "Happy birthday, David!"
Translations of “predetermine”
in Chinese (Traditional) 預先決定,預先確定, 事先安排…
in Chinese (Simplified) 预先决定,预先确定, 事先安排…
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