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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 Of course, Romney went on to win the nomination that year, so his gaffe wasn't determinative. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 11 May 2021 Grattan’s rarer achievement is to have written a historical novel whose when and where, however well established, are not really determinative, and whose people remain individual riddles instead of political integers. Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021 Diversity, while meaningful, isn’t necessarily determinative. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2021 Throughout telework’s troubled history, this inverse relationship between physical remoteness and proximity to power has perhaps proved most determinative. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, 4 Jan. 2021 Their final, determinative rankings will land Sunday afternoon. USA TODAY, 16 Dec. 2020 Many experts today regard the process as less determinative and more dynamic, but there is near-universal agreement that grief is a process, not a one-time, overnight phenomenon. Todd S. Purdum, STAT, 9 Dec. 2020 Such quirks of the production chain could be determinative. Vernon Silver,, 18 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, the Biden campaign is seeking to raise turnout levels in this potentially determinative voting bloc, particularly among young Black men. Stephen Kendrick, Fortune, 31 Oct. 2020

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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 Jun. 2021.

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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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