Definitions
from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
 adj. Determinative.
 n. An influencing or determining element or factor: "Education is the second most important determinant of recreational participationā ( John P. Robinson).
 n. Mathematics The value that is computed from a square matrix of numbers by a rule of combining products of the matrix entries and that characterizes the solvablitity of simultaneous linear equations. Its absolute value can be interpreted as an area or volume.
 n. Immunology An epitope.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/ShareAlike License
 n. A determining factor; an element that determines the nature of something
 n. The unique scalar function over square matrices which is distributive over matrix multiplication, multilinear in the rows and columns, and takes the value of 1 for the unit matrix. Abbreviation: det
 n. A substance that causes a cell to adopt a particular fate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
 adj. Serving to determine or limit; determinative.
 n. That which serves to determine; that which causes determination.
 n. The sum of a series of products of several numbers, these products being formed according to certain specified laws.
 n. A mark or attribute, attached to the subject or predicate, narrowing the extent of both, but rendering them more definite and precise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
 Serving to determine; determinative.
 n. That which determines, fixes, defines, or establishes something.
 n. In old universities, one who, having taken the lowest degree in arts, had been admitted to act as chief respondent in the Lenten disputations.
 n. In mathematics, the sum of all the products which can be formed of a square block of quantities, each product containing as a factor one number from each row and one from each column of the block, and each product being affected by the plus or minus sign according as the arrangement of rows from which its factors are taken (these factors being arranged in the order of the columns from which they are taken) requires an even or an odd number of transpositions to reduce it to the arrangement in the square.
 n. of the r order, a function of r constituents, analogous to an ordinary determinant.
 n. In biology, in Weismann's doctrine of germplasm, the material bearer of all the hereditary qualities of a cell, regarded as composed of as many biophores, or bearers of single hereditary qualities, as are to be possessed by the cell and its descendants.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
 n. the site on the surface of an antigen molecule to which an antibody attaches itself
 n. a determining or causal element or factor
 n. a square matrix used to solve simultaneous equations
 adj. having the power or quality of deciding
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On a larger scale, this determinant is about the strength of the economy and its ability to provide good jobs, a decent standard of living and universal social and health benefits.

The conclusion is that the huge degree of inequality when it comes to income distribution is the main determinant of the poverty in the country.
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At a given level of GDP, the main determinant of the trade deficit is the value of the dollar in international currency markets.

The main determinant of the longterm fiscal outlook is the unsustainability of Social Security and Medicare.
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But maybe if teachers taught students that effort was the main determinant of their outcomes (assuming class isn't graded on a curve), it might be damaging to their selfesteem, because they could only blame themselves for their failures.

To what degree would it have to be a to what degree does this victory have to be a blowout for her to have an impact and be, if you will, at least in the short term determinant?

If so, should this be the main determinant on what route I take?

The opposite of that determinant is that isolation creates a health risk and isolation is very common among elderly women.

Economists are just beginning to understand that the product cycle has succeeded the business cycle as the main determinant of economic results.

"There really is no upside momentum in the labor market, and that's a critical longterm determinant of where the economy is going," said Steven Ricchiuto, chief economist at Mizuho Securities USA Inc. in New York.
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