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determinative


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Determinative  \De*ter"mi*na*tive\,  a.  [Cf.  F.  d['e]terminatif.] 
  Having  power  to  determine;  limiting;  shaping;  directing; 
  conclusive. 
 
  Incidents  .  .  .  determinative  of  their  course.  --I. 
  Taylor. 
 
  {Determinative  tables}  (Nat.  Hist.),  tables  presenting  the 
  specific  character  of  minerals,  plants,  etc.,  to  assist  in 
  determining  the  species  to  which  a  specimen  belongs. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Determinative  \De*ter"mi*na*tive\,  n. 
  That  which  serves  to  determine. 
 
  Explanatory  determinatives  .  .  .  were  placed  after 
  words  phonetically  expressed,  in  order  to  serve  as  an 
  aid  to  the  reader  in  determining  the  meaning.  --I. 
  Taylor  (The 
  Alphabet). 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  determinative 
  adj  :  having  the  power  or  quality  of  deciding;  "the  crucial 
  experiment";  "cast  the  deciding  vote";  "the 
  determinative  (or  determinant)  battle"  [syn:  {crucial}, 
  {deciding(a)},  {determinant},  {determining(a)}] 
  n  1:  one  of  a  limited  class  of  noun  modifiers  that  determine  the 
  referents  of  noun  phrases  [syn:  {determiner}] 
  2:  a  determining  or  causal  element  or  factor:  "education  is  an 
  important  determinant  of  one's  outlook  onlife"  [syn:  {determinant}, 
  {determiner},  {determining  factor},  {causal  factor}] 




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