American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that determines.
- n. Grammar A word belonging to a group of noun modifiers, which includes articles, demonstratives, possessive adjectives, and words such as any, both, or whose, and, in English, occupying the first position in a noun phrase or following another determiner.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who decides or determines.
- n. A determinant bachelor in a university. See determinant, 2.
- n. grammar A member of a class of words functioning in a noun phrase to identify or distinguish a referent without describing or modifying it. Examples of determiners include articles (a, the), demonstratives (this, those), cardinal numbers (three, fifty), and indefinite numerals (most, any, each).
- n. grammar A dependent function in a noun phrase marking the NP as definite or indefinite. This function is usually filled by words in the determinative class but may be filled by other elements such as a genitive pronoun.
- n. Something that determines, or helps someone to determine, something else.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who, or that which, determines or decides.
- n. an argument that is conclusive
- n. one of a limited class of noun modifiers that determine the referents of noun phrases
- n. a determining or causal element or factor
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“determiner" in the germ-plasm; that by suitable matings a breeder could rid a stream of germ-plasm of almost any determiner he wished; and that the corresponding unit character would thereupon disappear from the visible make-up of the individual.”
“What the G20 shows us is that money is an ever increasing objective determiner of who has the power in society.”
“Keep the black rifles and enjoy them, they are fun, but recognize that public opinion will be the greatest determiner of the future of our sports so tread lightly.”
“The internet's changed everything, of course; the authoritative voice has evolved into a conversation between writer and audience, and the writer now leads the community discussion rather than acting as a single determiner, a unilateral judge.”
“Normally, a countable noun (like heart) requires a determiner (a, the, my, this …) But ellipsis seems to be quite common in this labelling function.”
“Man, not God, is the determiner of reality, meaning and ethics.”
“I would argue that the poverty rate became stuck because "access" is now the primary determiner, and that it is a much harder nut to crack.”
“Investors will be looking for how much cash from operations, a key determiner of its financial health and outlook, Alcoa is generating in a relatively healthy market.”
“It doesn't put these credit agencies out of business, they'll still be used, but they're not going to be the sole determiner of credit worthiness as provided for in federal law.”
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