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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tending, able, or serving to determine. See Synonyms at decisive.
  • n. A determining factor.

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  • n. An ideogram used to mark semantic categories of words in logographic scripts.
  • adj. Determining (deciding) something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having power to determine; limiting; shaping; directing; conclusive.
  • n. That which serves to determine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having power to determine, fix, or decide; tending or serving to shape or direct; conclusive.
  • Of use in ascertaining the species; serving to determine the precise kind of a thing: as, determinative tables in the natural sciences (that is, tables arranged for determining the specific character of minerals, plants, etc., and to assist in assigning them to their species); determinative signs in hieroglyphics; determinative ornaments or structures.
  • n. That which determines or indicates the character or quality of something else.
  • n. In grammar, a determinative or demonstrative word.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having the power or quality of deciding
  • n. a determining or causal element or factor
  • n. one of a limited class of noun modifiers that determine the referents of noun phrases

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  • Term used in the CGEL for the word class containing a, the, one, two, each, no, all etc., by other authors often called determiners. The CGEL uses 'determiner' to mean the functional position at the front of a noun phrase (often called specifier by others).

    August 15, 2008