Definition of overdetermine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌōvərdəˈtərmən/


[with object] technical
Determine, account for, or cause (something) in more than one way or with more conditions than are necessary: every gesture is overdetermined by cultural form, personal biography, historical contingency, and so on
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.



Pronunciation: /ˈˌōvərdiˌtərməˈnāSHən/
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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Syllabification: o·ver·de·ter·mine

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