Definition of Determinative

1. Noun. One of a limited class of noun modifiers that determine the referents of noun phrases.

Exact synonyms: Determiner
Generic synonyms: Closed-class Word, Function Word
Specialized synonyms: Article
Derivative terms: Determine

2. Adjective. Having the power or quality of deciding. "The determinative (or determinant) battle"
Exact synonyms: Deciding, Determinant, Determining
Similar to: Decisive
Derivative terms: Deciding, Determinant, Determine, Determine

3. Noun. A determining or causal element or factor. "Education is an important determinant of one's outlook on life"
Exact synonyms: Causal Factor, Determinant, Determiner, Determining Factor
Generic synonyms: Cognitive Factor
Specialized synonyms: Clincher, Decisive Factor, Influence
Derivative terms: Determinant, Determine, Determine

Definition of Determinative

1. a. Having power to determine; limiting; shaping; directing; conclusive.

2. n. That which serves to determine.

Definition of Determinative

1. Noun. (linguistics) An ideogram used to mark semantic categories of words in logographic scripts. ¹

2. Noun. (grammar) A word that typically functions as a determiner in a noun phrase; many also have other functions.'''determiner''' in ''The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language'' Huddleston & Pullum, 2002. CUP. ¹

3. Adjective. Determining (gloss deciding) something. ¹

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Definition of Determinative

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Determinative

1. Having power to determine; limiting; shaping; directing; conclusive. "Incidents . . . Determinative of their course." (I. Taylor) Determinative tables, tables presenting the specific character of minerals, plants, etc, to assist in determining the species to which a specimen belongs. Origin: Cf. F. Determinatif. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Determinative

determinant group
determinate cleavage
determinative (current term)
determiner phrase

Literary usage of Determinative

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Journal of Geology by University of Chicago Department of Geology and Paleontology (1897)
"Manual of determinative Mineralogy, with an Introduction on Blowpipe Analysis. ... Since its first appearance in 1874, Brush's determinative Mineralogy and ..."

2. A First Latin Book by William Gardner Hale (1907)
"In this sentence, ea is evidently determinative. It means "the things." But it isn't, ... The clause here pieces out an incomplete determinative word. ..."

3. A Complete Latin Grammar by Albert Harkness (1898)
"determinative Pronouns specify the objects to which they refer. They are: -. - - Is, ea, id; he, she, it, ... The determinative Pronouns are declined as ..."

4. Dana's Manual of Mineralogy: For the Student of Elementary Mineralogy, the by James Dwight Dana, William Ebenezer Ford (1912)
"determinative Tables for minerals are of two kinds: (1) those which rely ... For these reasons physical determinative tables probably have a wider use, ..."

5. A Sanskrit Grammar for Beginners, in Devanâgarî and Roman Letters Throughout by Friedrich Max Müller (1870)
"If the second part of a determinative compound is a verbal base, no change takes place in bases ending in consonants or long vowels, except that diphthongs, ..."

6. Sacred Classics: Or, Cabinet Library of Divinity by Henry Stebbing, Richard Cattermole (1835)
"And surely the reconciling such a determinative influence, with the Divine wisdom and sincerity, had - been a performance worth all his learned labours ..."

7. C̲i̲s̲t̲ and C̲i̲l̲: A Syntactical Study by Charles Eugley Mathews (1907)
"determinative FORCE OF THE DEMONSTRATIVE PRONOUNS IN LATIN AND IN MODERN FRENCH. ... For every demonstrative is in reality determinative of the idea ..."

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