determiner

[dih-tur-muh-ner]
noun
1.
a person or thing that determines.
2.
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:
1520–30; determine + -er1

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determiner (dɪˈtɜːmɪnə)
 
n
1.  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'
2.  a person or thing that determines

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Example sentences
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.
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