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in•de•ter•min•ism



Pronunciation: (in"di-tûr'mu-niz"um), [key]
n. Philos.
1. the doctrine that human actions, though influenced somewhat by preexisting psychological and other conditions, are not entirely governed by them but retain a certain freedom and spontaneity.
2. the theory that the will is to some extent independent of the strength of motives, or may itself modify their strength in choice.

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