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Determinative   /dɪtˈərmɪnətˌɪv/   Listen

One of a limited class of noun modifiers that determine the referents of noun phrases.  Synonym: determiner.
A determining or causal element or factor.  Synonyms: causal factor, determinant, determiner, determining factor.

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"Determinative" Quotes from Famous Books

... becoming frightfully stringent; and the solution, "What practically will be the wise course for me?" does not lessen in abstruse intricacy, but the reverse, as it grows more pressing. A very stormy and dubious Future, truly! Two circumstances in it will be highly determinative: one of them evident to Friedrich; the other unknown to him, and to all mortals, ...
— History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XVII. (of XXI.) - Frederick The Great—The Seven-Years War: First Campaign—1756-1757. • Thomas Carlyle

... of words, or rather of ideas, expressed in Chinese, is said to amount to 43,496. Hence a graphic representation of the mere sound of words would have been perfectly useless, and it was absolutely necessary to resort to hieroglyphical writing, enlarged by the introduction of determinative signs. Nearly the whole immense dictionary of Chinese—at least twenty-nine thirtieths—consists of combined signs, one part indicating the general sound, the other determining its special meaning. With such a system ...
— Chips From A German Workshop - Volume I - Essays on the Science of Religion • Friedrich Max Mueller

Words linked to "Determinative" :   closed-class word, clincher, decisive factor, influence, article, decisive, cognitive factor, function word

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