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Adjective: determinative  di'tur-mu,ney-tiv or di'tur-mi-nu-tiv [N. Amer], di'tur-mi-nu-tiv [Brit]
  1. Having the power or quality of deciding
    "the determinative (or determinant) battle";
    - deciding, determinant, determining
Noun: determinative  di'tur-mu,ney-tiv or di'tur-mi-nu-tiv [N. Amer], di'tur-mi-nu-tiv [Brit]
  1. One of a limited class of noun modifiers that determine the referents of noun phrases
    - determiner
     
  2. A determining or causal element or factor
    - determinant, determiner, determining factor, causal factor

Derived forms: determinatives

See also: decisive

Type of: closed-class word, cognitive factor, function word

Encyclopedia: Determinative