Cetain vs Determinate - What's the difference?

cetain | determinate |

As an adjective determinate is

distinct, clearly defined.

As a noun determinate is

(philosophy) a single state of a particular determinable attribute.

As a verb determinate is

(obsolete) to bring to an end; to determine.


Not English

Cetain has no English definition. It may be misspelled.

English words similar to 'cetain':

cotton, chitin, codon, chiton, caution, cation, coition, cetin, chidden, cutan, cutin, cowtown, cutdown, cudden, cyton




  • Distinct, clearly defined.
  • * Dryden
  • Quantity of words and a determinate number of feet.
  • Fixed, set, unvarying.
  • * 1526 , (William Tyndale), trans. Bible , Acts II:
  • hym have ye taken by the hondes of unrightewes persones, after he was delivered by the determinat counsell and foreknowledge of God, and have crucified and slayne hym [...].
  • (biology) Of growth: ending once a genetically predetermined structure has formed.
  • conclusive; decisive; positive
  • * Bible, Acts ii. 23
  • The determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God.
  • (obsolete) Determined or resolved upon.
  • * Shakespeare
  • My determinate voyage.
  • Of determined purpose; resolute.
  • * Sir Philip Sidney
  • More determinate to do than skillful how to do.


    * (limited) indeterminate, nondeterminate * (biology) indeterminate

    Derived terms

    * determinateness


    (en noun)
  • (philosophy) A single state of a particular determinable attribute.
  • * {{quote-journal, 2007, date=September 5, David Denby, Generating possibilities, Philosophical Studies, url=, doi=10.1007/s11098-007-9159-z, volume=141, issue=2, pages=
  • , passage=And since being negatively-charged and being positively-charged are determinates of the same determinable, [D5] will not permit us to infer worlds where anything negatively-charged is also positively-charged. }}


  • (obsolete) To bring to an end; to determine.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The sly, slow hours shall not determinate / The dateless limit of thy dear exile.