# determinant

- a determining agent or factor.
- Mathematics. an algebraic expression of the sum of products of elements, each with an appropriate algebraic sign, usually written in a square array and used in the solution of systems of linear equations.
- Also called antigenic determinant, epitope. Immunology. any site on an antigen molecule at which an antibody can bind, the chemical structure of the site determining the specific combining antibody.
- Genetics Archaic. a gene.

## Origin of determinant

## Related Words for determinant

unambiguous, precise, undeniable, convincing, indisputable, compelling, unmistakable, decisive, irrefutable, irrevocable, motivation, stimulus, impetus, encouragement, reason, enticement, emotion, impulse, influence, idea## Examples from the Web for determinant

### Contemporary Examples of determinant

Political pressure, economic resources and the ability to navigate into a Kafkaesque bureaucracy play a determinant role.

In Italy, Religious Minorities Struggle (Vainly) for Official RecognitionAnna Momigliano

November 14, 2013

On 11 August 1947, he told the soon-to-be born nation that religion was not the determinant of Pakistani nationalism.

All seem to agree that Goldstone was a determinant of Israel's relatively restrained attack against Hamas this time around.

### Historical Examples of determinant

We have already indicated that soil is a determinant in the choice of varieties.

Apple GrowingM. C. Burritt

For it is not a principle of the determinant but merely of the reflective Judgement.

Kant's Critique of JudgementImmanuel Kant

It belongs therefore to the reflective and not to the determinant judgement.

Kant's Critique of JudgementImmanuel Kant

Decomposition of a Determinant into complementary Determinants.

If that proportion is altered, so also is the character of the determinant.

On Germinal Selection as a Source of Definite VariationAugust Weismann

## determinant

- serving to determine or affect

- a factor, circumstance, etc, that influences or determines
- maths a square array of elements that represents the sum of certain products of these elements, used to solve simultaneous equations, in vector studies, etcCompare matrix (def. 9)

## Word Origin and History for determinant

c.1600 (adj.); 1680s (n.), from Latin determinantem (nominative determinans), present participle of determinare (see determine).

## determinant

(dĭ-tûr′mə-nənt)- An influencing or determining element or factor.
- Antigenic determinant.

- Tending or serving to determine.