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determinism

Definition of Determinism

(noun) A theory that an individual’s actions and life course is determined by external forces.

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  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /dɪˈtəːmɪnɪz(ə)m/
    • British English
      • /dɪˈtəːmɪnɪz(ə)m/
  • Syllabification: (de·ter·min·ism)

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Cite the Definition of Determinism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “determinism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/determinism/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

determinism. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/determinism/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “determinism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/determinism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“determinism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 22 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/determinism/>.