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overdetermine

Line breaks: over|de¦ter¦mine
Pronunciation: /əʊvədɪˈtəːmɪn
 
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Definition of overdetermine in English:

verb

[with object] technical
Determine, account for, or cause (something) in more than one way or with more conditions than are necessary: direct control overdetermines prices
More example sentences
  • The current condition of the rangelands was overdetermined by a complex web of factors, all in interaction with one another, and in which environmental factors were but one component.
  • The dominant-submissive interplay which the playwright labours to construct in words is massively overdetermined by the director-editor's unimaginative choice of shots.
  • Their identities were overdetermined by these interests and concerns, and resistance cannot capture the full range of either their intent or their actions.

Derivatives

overdetermination

1
Pronunciation: /ˈ-neɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • It's called overdetermination - they are all reasons, but you can't tell which combination is the right one.
  • Yet the overdetermination of the heroine's suffering combined with stereotypically ‘poetic’ cinematography conspires to reinforce exactly these ideas of transnational political tourism.
  • Yet without some kind of broader guidance, the composition pedagogy course will remain at risk for the same kind of overdetermination that first-year composition faced (and still faces in many situations).

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