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Predetermination Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    predetermination n
  1. (theology) being determined in advance; especially the doctrine (usually associated with Calvin) that God has foreordained every event throughout eternity (including the final salvation of mankind) [syn: predestination, foreordination, preordination]
  2. the act of determining or ordaining in advance what is to take place
Predetermination Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Predetermination \Pre`de*ter`mi*na"tion\, n. [Cf. F. pr['e]d['e]termination.] The act of previous determination; a purpose formed beforehand; as, the predetermination of God's will. --Hammond.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Predetermination'

Determinism (specifically causal determinism) is the concept that events within a given paradigm are bound by causality in such a way that any state (of an object or event) is completely, or at least to some large degree, determined by prior states.

Hence "determinism" is the name of a broader philosophical view that conjectures that every type of event, including human cognition (behaviour, decision, and action) is causally determined by previous events.

In philosophical arguments, the concept of determinism in the domain of human action is often contrasted with free will. The argument called indeterminism (otherwise "nondeterminism") negates causality as a factor and opposes the deterministic argument.

Determinists believe the universe is fully governed by causal laws resulting in only one possible state at any point in time. With numerous historical debates, many varieties and philosophical positions on the subject of determinism exist, most prominently the free will debates involving compatibilism and incompatibilism. Predeterminism proposes there is an unbroken chain of prior occurrences back to the origin of the universe.

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