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[dih-tur-muh-ner] /dɪˈtɜr mə nər/
a person or thing that determines.
Grammar. a member of a subclass of English limiting adjectival words that usually precede descriptive adjectives and include the articles the, a, and an, and any words that may substitute for them, as your, their, some, and each.
Origin of determiner
1520-30; determine + -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for determiner
  • The amount of remaining vision is not the determiner of success.
  • The unit commander is the sole determiner of this status.
  • However, age was not the prime determiner of whether one belonged.
  • Academics, as a group, are among the last people who question the market as the sole determiner of value.
  • Because this is the only grade that actually matters in high school, it's the sole determiner for students going on to college.
  • If, based on the common determiner, a student needs additional support.
  • Growing evidence is focusing attention on self-image as the crucial determiner of progress.
  • The government will be the sole determiner regarding an offers ability to meet all requirements.
British Dictionary definitions for determiner


a word, such as a number, article, possessive adjective, etc, that determines (limits) the meaning of a noun phrase, e.g. their in `their black cat'
a person or thing that determines
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