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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. 2017.
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  • Yahwe is also the determiner of destiny, but he is a rational power behind events.

  • He felt the adequacy of this life as a determiner of the eternal destiny of all men.

  • The inference therefore is plain and unavoidable, God is the determiner of choices.

  • 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
  • Similarly, in the female line, half of the ovules would contain the determiner of the one character and half, that of the other.

    Being Well-Born Michael F. Guyer
  • That means that there is a determiner for it which is grouped with other determiners in one of the chromosomes.

    Physiology Ernest G. Martin
  • In a pure variety like the black Andalusians, all the germ cells of each fowl are alike in having this determiner for black color.

    The Social Direction of Evolution William E. Kellicott
  • 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
  • The determiner is weakened, and so the median comb is imperfectly developed, namely, at the anterior end of its proper territory.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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