- something that determines.
- 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 of determinative
Examples from the Web for determinative
In Middlesex history is not just determinative; it is also cyclical.
As a result Middlesex presents a view of history that is as determinative and linear as you will find in any Greek myth.
Uhry herself doesn't believe those qualities predict school success, but she thinks they are determinative in school admissions.The New Child-Testing Craze
Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
February 17, 2010
In Egyptian hieroglyphics the symbol for stone is used as the determinative for Set.The Evolution of the Dragon
G. Elliot Smith
As in later periods, their names are there preceded by the determinative for divinity.Legends Of Babylon And Egypt
Leonard W. King
According to the essays, it is the needs of a situation which are determinative.Essays in Experimental Logic
Here, too, the welfare of society is the determinative factor.The Criminal Prosecution and Capital Punishment of Animals
Edmund P. Evans
It is true that no one thing is determinative in the making of a nation.Our Part in the Great War
- able to or serving to settle or determine; deciding
- a factor, circumstance, etc, that settles or determines
- grammar a less common word for determiner
- (in a logographic writing system) a logogram that bears a separate meaning, from which compounds and inflected forms are built up
Word Origin and History for determinative
1650s, from French déterminatif (15c.), from Latin determinat-, past participle stem of determinare (see determine). As a noun from 1832.