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Meaning of DETERMINATIVE

Pronunciation:  di'turmu`neytiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a determining or causal element or factor; "education is an important determinant of one's outlook on life"
  2. [n]  one of a limited class of noun modifiers that determine the referents of noun phrases
  3. [adj]  having the power or quality of deciding; "the crucial experiment"; "cast the deciding vote"; "the determinative (or determinant) battle"
 

DETERMINATIVE is a 13 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: causal factor, crucial, deciding(a), decisive, determinant, determinant, determiner, determiner, determining factor, determining(a)
 
 See Also: article, clincher, closed-class word, cognitive factor, decisive factor, function word, influence

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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.
    
    
  2. \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).
    
    
 
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