determinant

noun
de·​ter·​mi·​nant | \ di-ˈtər-mə-nənt How to pronounce determinant (audio) \

Definition of determinant

1 : an element that identifies or determines the nature of something or that fixes or conditions an outcome education level as a determinant of income
2 mathematics : a square array of numbers bordered on the left and right by a vertical line and having a value equal to the algebraic sum of all possible products where the number of factors in each product is the same as the number of rows or columns, each factor in a given product is taken from a different row and column, and the sign of a product is positive or negative depending upon whether the number of permutations necessary to place the indices representing each factor's position in its row or column in the order of the natural numbers is odd or even
3 genetics : gene the determinant of the sickle-cell trait
4 biology : epitope

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Other Words from determinant

determinantal \ di-​ˌtər-​mə-​ˈnan-​tᵊl How to pronounce determinant (audio) \ adjective

Examples of determinant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because the present value of the free cash flow stream is the major determinant of fundamental value, upward biased forecasts of free cash flow will give rise to upwardly biased target prices. Hersh Shefrin, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 That is a big determinant of whether or not the beer will actually evolve over time. Bill Jones, chicagotribune.com, 13 Aug. 2021 All of the consumer options give NBC Universal other ways to make money; NBC prime-time ratings will be the biggest factor, but no longer the sole determinant, of financial success or failure. David Bauder, chicagotribune.com, 17 July 2021 Following the above rules not only helps create the best digital product but also helps build a strong digital strategy that becomes the determinant — the company's brand will or will not exist in the near future. Alex Kreger, Forbes, 27 May 2021 The biggest determinant of whether someone ends up in the ICU is still whether they’ve been vaccinated, Oliveira said. Caroline Catherman, orlandosentinel.com, 5 Aug. 2021 All of the consumer options give NBC Universal other ways to make money; NBC prime-time ratings will be the biggest factor, but no longer the sole determinant, of financial success or failure. David Bauder, chicagotribune.com, 17 July 2021 All of the consumer options give NBC Universal other ways to make money; NBC prime-time ratings will be the biggest factor, but no longer the sole determinant, of financial success or failure. David Bauder, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 Miranda Yaver, an Oberlin College political science assistant professor who signed the academics' letter, expressed frustration about Breyer calling his health the main determinant of his retirement timeline. Tierney Sneed, CNN, 15 July 2021

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First Known Use of determinant

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for determinant

see determine

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The first known use of determinant was in 1686

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“Determinant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/determinant. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for determinant

determinant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of determinant

: a thing that controls or influences what happens

determinant

noun
de·​ter·​mi·​nant | \ di-ˈtərm-(ə-)nənt How to pronounce determinant (audio) \

Medical Definition of determinant

1a : a hypothetical aggregate of biophores conceived as comparable to the gene of more recent biological theory
b : gene
2 : epitope

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