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determinative

[ dih-tur-muh-ney-tiv, -nuh-tiv ]

adjective

  1. serving to determine; determining.


noun

  1. something that determines.
  2. 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.

determinative

/ dɪˈtɜːmɪnətɪv /

adjective

  1. able to or serving to settle or determine; deciding


noun

  1. a factor, circumstance, etc, that settles or determines
  2. grammar a less common word for determiner
  3. (in a logographic writing system) a logogram that bears a separate meaning, from which compounds and inflected forms are built up
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Derived Forms

  • deˈterminatively, adverb
  • deˈterminativeness, noun
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Other Words From

  • de·termi·native·ly adverb
  • de·termi·native·ness noun
  • nonde·termi·native adjective noun
  • nonde·termi·native·ly adverb
  • nonde·termi·native·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of determinative1

1645–55; probably < Medieval Latin dēterminātīvus fixed, Late Latin: crucial (of a disease), equivalent to Latin dētermināt ( us ) ( determinate ) + -īvus -ive
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Example Sentences

General elections, a hallmark of healthy, competitive democracies, should be as determinative as they are sacred.

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It may prove determinative in the choices rural youth make to commit to and ultimately improve their hometowns.

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In fact, according to new research released this afternoon by Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel, 2020 election results showed the country that demographics alone are not determinative of how Americans vote.

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I’m not willing to call 2020 determinative for anyone, let alone a longtime pro like January, but if Connecticut is going to win it all, January needs a season like her Phoenix years, if not her Indiana ones.

Of course, special elections aren't determinative of what will happen in November.

As a result Middlesex presents a view of history that is as determinative and linear as you will find in any Greek myth.

In Middlesex history is not just determinative; it is also cyclical.

Uhry herself doesn't believe those qualities predict school success, but she thinks they are determinative in school admissions.

The reader should remember the name, for it was the scene of one of the most remarkable and determinative events in history.

The internal condition is determinative, for things that are boresome to one may be very interesting to another.

While ìd means primarily “water of the sea”, it is much used also as a determinative before names of rivers.

It is a confirmatory method rather than a determinative one.

The utterances of the Independent were determinative of popular thought and conviction in an extraordinary degree.

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