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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
First recorded in 1520-30; determine + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He felt the adequacy of this life as a determiner of the eternal destiny of all men.

  • He appears also to have confused the idea of a standard of value with that of a determiner of value.

    Honest Money Arthur Isaac Fonda
  • That means that there is a determiner for it which is grouped with other determiners in one of the chromosomes.

    Physiology Ernest G. Martin
  • That is, the determiner for red is absent from the white variety.

    Being Well-Born Michael F. Guyer
  • Then it must be due to a determiner for a notch in the ear in the germ-plasm.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • Then there must be a determiner, the expression of which was mathematical ability.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • "Gene" and "determiner" are sometimes used as synonyms of factor.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • The determiner is weakened, and so the median comb is imperfectly developed, namely, at the anterior end of its proper territory.

  • Even in a pure strain a determiner does not always develop fully, and this is an important cause of individual variability.

  • Suppose the determiner of a certain character (violet colour of flower in the bean) is located in a chromosome A of this species.

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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