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The final resolution or conclusion of a controversy.

In legal use, determination usually implies the conclusion of a dispute or lawsuit by the rendering of a final decision. After consideration of the facts, a determination is generally set forth by a court of justice or other type of formal decision maker, such as the head of an Administrative Agency.

Determination has been used synonymously with adjudication, award, decree, and judgment. A ruling is a judicial determination concerning matters, such as the admissibility of evidence or a judicial or an administrative interpretation of a statute or regulation.


noun adjudgment, adjudication, appraisal, appraisement, appreciation, apprisement, arbitrium, ascertainment, assessment, authoritative estimate, authoritative opinion, award, conclusion, considered opinion, consilium, conviction, court decision, decision, declaration, decree, diagnosis, final assessment, finding, institutum, iudicium, judgment on facts, opinion, order, pronouncement, reasoned judgment, reckoning, recommendation, resolve, result, result ascertained, ruling, sentence, settlement, solution, verdict
Associated concepts: actual determination, determination of a suit, determination of claims, determination of fact, deeermination of guilt, final determination, judicial determinaaion, official determination, review a determination
Foreign phrases: Judicia in deliberationibus crebro maaurescunt, in accelerato processu nunquam.Judgments frequently mature by deliberations, never by hurried process. De audiendo et terminando. To hear and deterrine. In propria causa nemo judex. No one can be judge in his own case.
See also: activity, adjudication, alternative, animus, answer, appraisal, assessment, award, belief, certainty, cessation, choice, cognovit, collation, conatus, conclusion, consequence, contemplation, conviction, decision, denouement, design, desire, diligence, discretion, election, end, estimate, estimation, finality, finding, finding of guilt, goal, holding, idea, industry, intent, intention, judgment, motive, opinion, option, payoff, perception, perseverance, poll, project, purpose, rating, referendum, res judicata, resolution, result, ruling, selection, sentence, solution, specification, surety, tenacity, termination, verdict, volition, vote, will


1 the termination of an estate or interest.
2 the decision reached by a court of justice on a disputed matter.

DETERMINATION. The end, the conclusion, of a right or authority; as, the determination of a lease. 1 Com. Dig. Estates by Grant, G 10, 11, and 12.. The determination of an authority is the end of the authority given; the end of the return day of a writ determines the authority of the sheriff; the death of the principal determines the authority of a mere attorney. By determination is also understood the decision or judgment of a court of justice.

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Hunt was especially concerned and mortified at his determination, as it was through his advice and influence he had entered into the concern.
As the girl grasped the significance of his words she paled, but her lips set in a hard line and her eyes shone with a sudden fire of determination as she dropped the plane to within a few feet of the ground and at the opposite end of the meadow from the blacks and then at full speed bore down upon the savages.
Shuttleworthy had distinctly avowed to the said nephew his irrevocable determination of rescinding the will originally made, and of cutting him off with a shilling.
If you have not,' continued I, 'I'll tell you something more about him'; and I gave a sketch of his general conduct, and a more particular account of his behaviour with regard to his child, and explained my apprehensions on the latter's account, and my determination to deliver him from his father's influence.
Occasionally an ironer lost the stride for an instant, gasped or sighed, then caught it up again with weary determination.
stability on board analyzer after opening, at least 7 days , t +2 +8 number of determinations not less than 400; reagent for the quantitative determination of gamma-glutamyltransferase (ggt-2) in human serum and plasma.
The Tax Court noted that this limitation of its review did not imply a finding of abuse of discretion on the part of the Service, as the Kelbys suggested, but rather that supplemental notices of determination are revisions of the original notice of determination, not separate determinations.
Business Restructuring Costs-Delegation of Authority to Make Determinations Relating to Payment (DFARS Case 2004-D026)
These machines were constructed about the year 1965, becoming operational following the completion of the deadweight mass determinations in 1966.
The court found that the facts could conceivably be produced that the sheriff's alleged policy or custom of not effectuating probable cause determinations for detainees who were arrested without a warrant was a substantial factor in bringing about the alleged violation.
The Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a rule on December 16, 2004, to implement its new Wage Determinations Online (WDOL) (www.
The IRS refused to disclose the written determinations on the grounds that the Tax Reform Act of 1976 and the applicable regulations, which generally require public disclosure of IRS determinations, did not apply to the denial or revocation of tax-exempt status.

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