determinative

adjective de·ter·mi·na·tive \ -ˈtər-mə-ˌnā-tiv , -ˈtər-mə-nə- \
Updated on: 11 Jan 2018

Definition of determinative

: 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

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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

Law Dictionary

determinative

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

legal Definition of determinative

: having the power or tendency to determine
  • a fact determinative of the issue

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