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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

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determinative noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Polling this early is, of course, not determinative: In 2016 Hillary Clinton also enjoyed a wide advantage in many states well before November. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Nervous Republicans See Trump Sinking, and Taking Senate With Him," 25 Apr. 2020 The Eeyores simply do not have enough information — yet — to issue the sort of dire warnings that have now become characteristic and determinative in setting policies of life and death for hundreds of millions. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Eeyore Syndrome," 7 Apr. 2020 Over the course of the next few days will be determinative in terms of our ability to get out of this. Los Angeles Times, "For Gov. Newsom, PG&E power outages offer political rewards — and some big risks," 12 Oct. 2019 The measure mostly does not require specific actions, and an analysis by the Alaska Department of Law indicated that the measure would be more aspirational than determinative. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Supporters suspend push for ballot measure on education ‘bill of rights’," 8 Dec. 2019 And more to the nub of the national discourse, the largest increases in mortality have taken place in the states that could be determinative in next year’s presidential elections, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Florida. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Death is the biggest issue in the 2020 election," 27 Nov. 2019 Meaningful details are obscured or forgotten, while others, taken out of context and exaggerated, appear determinative. Joshua Allen, The New Republic, "Chasing Court-Packing Could Derail Democrats’ Big Plans," 21 Oct. 2019 Their theory was that nurture (education, socialization, family structure) matters little because nature is determinative. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Last century’s immigration debate makes today’s seem enlightened," 30 June 2019 Their theory was that nurture (education, socialization, family structure) matters little because nature is determinative. George F. Will, The Denver Post, "George Will: Last century’s immigration debate makes today’s seem enlightened," 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of determinative

1655, in the meaning defined above

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“Determinative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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de·​ter·​mi·​na·​tive | \ di-ˈtər-mə-ˌnā-tiv, -nə-tiv How to pronounce determinative (audio) \

Legal Definition of determinative

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

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