mid-14c., "decision, sentence," from Old French déterminacion (14c.) "determination, settlement, definition," from Latin determinationem (nominative determinatio) "conclusion, boundary," noun of action from past participle stem of determinare (see determine).
As "a bringing to an end" (especilly of a suit at law), late 15c. As "fixed direction toward a goal," from 1650s, originally in physics or anatomy; metaphoric sense "fixation of will" is from 1680s; that of "quality of being resolute" is from 1822.
1. It must have reinforced my determination to blend into my surroundings.
2. Kauffman was a woman of unique talent and determination.
3. Their indecision has been replaced by confidence and steely determination.
4. His bristling determination has become a symbol of England's renaissance.
5. Cabinet ministers signalled their determination to tough out the controversy.