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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 No single factor is determinative, and all facts and circumstances should be considered. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, 1 July 2022 And if the raw number of popular votes were determinative, the two most recent Republican Presidents wouldn’t have been seated; George W. Bush and Trump both lost the popular vote. Philip Elliott, Time, 12 Apr. 2022 The order of the early states is highly determinative in which candidate becomes the Democratic nominee. Isabella Murray, ABC News, 23 Mar. 2022 There isn’t a single determinative test, Cohen said, but a driver’s license, cable bill, W-2, or car registration listing the address would each suffice. The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2022 While the Jazz certainly could make use of more rangy, switchable, 3-and-D wings, the coming trade deadline will probably be determinative of his future. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Jan. 2022 Controls will need to be added on corporate announcements of earnings, mergers, and other determinative financial status reports so that the market is volatile during the day and not in the middle of the night. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Dec. 2021 In Middle English, the term referred to the determinative phase of an illness, the point from which one either recovers to health or declines to death. Spencer Strub, The New York Review of Books, 25 Mar. 2020 Such a small universe of primary voters means that money is less influential -- or determinative. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 13 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of determinative

1655, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of determinative

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

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