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determinative

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adjective de·ter·mi·na·tive \-ˈtər-mə-ˌnā-tiv, -ˈtər-mə-nə-\

Definition of determinative

  1. :  having power or tendency to determine :  tending to fix, settle, or define something <regard experiments as determinative of the principles from which deductions could be made — S. F. Mason>

determinative noun


1655

First Known Use of determinative

1655

Synonym Discussion of determinative

conclusive, decisive, determinative, definitive mean bringing to an end. conclusive applies to reasoning or logical proof that puts an end to debate or questioning <conclusive evidence>. decisive may apply to something that ends a controversy, a contest, or any uncertainty <a decisive battle>. determinative adds an implication of giving a fixed character or direction <the determinative factor in the court's decision>. definitive applies to what is put forth as final and permanent <the definitive biography>.

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