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Able or serving to determine: a determinative factor; influences that are determinative of future behavior. See Synonyms at decisive.
A determining factor.
able to or serving to settle or determine; deciding
1. a factor, circumstance, etc, that settles or determines
2. (Grammar) grammar a less common word for determiner
3. (Linguistics) (in a logographic writing system) a logogram that bears a separate meaning, from which compounds and inflected forms are built up
de•ter•mi•na•tive(dɪˈtɜr məˌneɪ tɪv, -nə tɪv)
1. serving to determine; determining.n.
2. something that determines.
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|Noun||1.||determinative - one of a limited class of noun modifiers that determine the referents of noun phrases|
closed-class word, function word - a word that is uninflected and serves a grammatical function but has little identifiable meaning
article - (grammar) a determiner that may indicate the specificity of reference of a noun phrase
|2.||determinative - a determining or causal element or factor; "education is an important determinant of one's outlook on life"|
cognitive factor - something immaterial (as a circumstance or influence) that contributes to producing a result
influence - a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do; "her wishes had a great influence on his thinking"
|Adj.||1.||determinative - having the power or quality of deciding; "the crucial experiment"; "cast the deciding vote"; "the determinative (or determinant) battle"|
decisive - determining or having the power to determine an outcome; "cast the decisive vote"; "two factors had a decisive influence"