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

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Pride is one small way to foster a sense of belonging and social support, which is a key determinant of health. Cory Stieg,, "How To Celebrate Pride In A Place Where You Can't," 20 June 2019 In Washington’s Virginia, family was a crucial determinant of social and economic status, and freedom. Karin Wulf, Smithsonian, "This Long-Ignored Document, Written by George Washington, Lays Bare the Legal Power of Geneaology," 18 June 2019 Of course, the Heat’s place in the standings at the end of 2020-21 will be the ultimate determinant. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Could Anthony Davis wait until the Summer of Heat?," 13 June 2019 The main demographic determinant in the Brexit vote, unlike in the Trump vote, had very little to do with the socioeconomic conditions of a post-industrial power, the Detroit phenomenon. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Rory Stewart Insists that Brexit Is Different from Trump," 12 June 2019 This is a main determinant behind Andrew Zimmern’s major crush on the restaurant. Derek Herscovici,, "5 recipes for popular restaurant barbecue accompaniments," 4 June 2019 Perhaps the biggest determinant in Glassman’s enviably organized collection of clothes is his rational, levelheaded approach to fashion. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Oprah's Style Guru Adam Glassman Has Closets of Your Dreams," 16 Apr. 2019 Communities that otherwise score high on social determinants like clean air, good schools, and walkability are suffering from this epidemic. Garth Graham, Fortune, "Aetna Foundation President: Here’s What It Will Take to Solve the Opioid Crisis," 28 June 2018 Despite these alarming statistics, there still isn’t enough focus regionally or nationally to combat these social determinants of health. Anthony V. Coletta, Md, Mba,, "To improve Philly's healthcare system, first focus on poverty," 3 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of determinant

formal : a thing that controls or influences what happens


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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