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determinate

1. 
a. able to be predicted or deduced
b. (of an effect) obeying the law of causality
2. Botany (of an inflorescence) having the main and branch stems ending in flowers and unable to grow further; cymose

determinate

[də′tər·mə·nət]
(science and technology)
Bounded by definite limits.
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He is not dissuaded by the fact that "chicken" is a vague predicate, for "indeterminate states can be determinately related"--for example, although we can never say with precision when either the father or the son first goes bald, it is certain that the father goes bald before the son (ibid.
The statement seems valid on an intuitive level, but when Culler tries to offer a specific example of the proper hierarchy for interpretive rules, he moves toward determinately labeling correct and incorrect readings: We may interpret statements about weather as metaphors for states of mind, but none ever read statements about moods as metaphors for the weather.
i) Declarative sentences express truth-evaluable contents (that is, propositions); (ii) such contents are determinately fixed by the syntax and lexical content of the constituents of a sentence; (iii) context-sensitive expressions are limited to a small overt set; and (iv) the contents as expressed by a speaker are graspable by a competent hearer without access to the intentions of the speaker.
Paine, to act manly is to "pursue determinately some fixed
36) Contra Agamben, for Negri, then and now (as his critiques of the thesis of bare life make evident), this violence is always a determinately capitalist violence, that is to say a violence that reacts against a primary resistance, or better a prior antagonistic production of subjectivity.
If constitutional positivism is to be available as a theoretical framework for an interpretational methodology, the answer must be that a state's constitution "belongs"--uniquely, determinately, and by virtue of a process of independent and voluntary self-construction--to the people of that state, and to them alone.
After all, a perfect God cannot be mistaken; and so in knowing determinately what humans will choose, would God not impose necessity on this choosing?
As Molly Anne Rothenberg notes, this means that "the conditions that create the `line of the almighty' are neither fixed (`its infinite inflexions and movements') nor transcendental; rather they are temporal, contingent, determinately particular.
Thus, in principle an observer could determinately read off the law from an account of the commonalities in participants behavior and attitudes.
They are still indexicals, for the token is still necessary for a given truth-conditional import to have been determinately signified; the demonstration and the sortal information alone are not generally sufficient to provide it.
It might be objected that, in the case where options are incomparable and CBA fails to assign them a numerical ranking, there is welfarist reason against using CBA--for there is welfarist reason to use a decision procedure that, unlike CBA here, reaches a determinate choice: "Normally, it is a good thing from the point of view of overall welfare for agents or agencies to choose determinately between options, rather than to dither.
Thus, an analysis of whether or not legal judgments can be determinately correct or not must begin with an analysis of certain basic features of legal activity, not a simple transposition onto law of the concept of correctness that Wittgenstein developed for (certain areas of) mathematics or language.

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