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determinative

[dih-tur-muh-ney-tiv, -nuh-tiv] /dɪˈtɜr məˌneɪ tɪv, -nə tɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to determine; determining.
noun
2.
something that determines.
3.
a graphic symbol used in ideographic writing to denote a semantic class and written next to a word to indicate in what semantic category that word is to be understood, thus at times distinguishing homographs.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; probably < Medieval Latin dēterminātīvus fixed, Late Latin: crucial (of a disease), equivalent to Latin dētermināt(us) (see determinate) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
determinatively, adverb
determinativeness, noun
nondeterminative, adjective, noun
nondeterminatively, adverb
nondeterminativeness, noun
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Examples from the web for determinative
  • The work of engineers and physical scientists, however, is likely to be determinative.
  • It can certainly be argued that such a moment should not be determinative in a search committee's deliberations.
  • And the evidence of misogyny in the press and elsewhere is irrefutable, even if it was not the determinative factor in the race.
  • When it comes to objectivity, then, the determinative factor is who's doing the determining.
  • In other cases, the determinative methods contain guidance on preparing the reference sample concentrate and the reference sample.
British Dictionary definitions for determinative

determinative

/dɪˈtɜːmɪnətɪv/
adjective
1.
able to or serving to settle or determine; deciding
noun
2.
a factor, circumstance, etc, that settles or determines
3.
(grammar) a less common word for determiner
4.
(in a logographic writing system) a logogram that bears a separate meaning, from which compounds and inflected forms are built up
Derived Forms
determinatively, adverb
determinativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for determinative
adj.

1650s, from French déterminatif (15c.), from Latin determinat-, past participle stem of determinare (see determine). As a noun from 1832.

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