[ US /dɪˈtɝmɪnəˌtɪv/ ]
  1. a determining or causal element or factor
    education is an important determinant of one's outlook on life
  2. one of a limited class of noun modifiers that determine the referents of noun phrases
  1. having the power or quality of deciding
    the determinative (or determinant) battle
    the crucial experiment
    cast the deciding vote
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How To Use determinative In A Sentence

  • But the comparators that can be of evidential value, sometimes determinative of the case, are not so circumscribed.
  • In other words, it must be a factor which has some weight in the decision-making process although plainly it may not be determinative.
  • The tooth surface form has the determinative effect on the performances of a hypoid gear drive.
  • As so often, practical considerations of what a tribunal is prepared to infer as to a defendant's state of mind may be more determinative than fine matters of principle of what one legal concept adds to another.
  • The committal for trial may be helpful to the defence but it is not determinative.
  • For example, depending upon whether or not the musician's albums made a profit, the fact that he hasn't received any royalties may not be determinative, if the agreement in question provided for the specialty company's right to recoup its expenses incurred in promoting and selling the albums, as a first charge against any profits received.
  • the determinative (or determinant) battle
  • But what gained greatest attention, especially from ranchers in the west, was his discovery in subsequent years of handsome skeletons of four of the progenitors of the horse: eohippus, mesohippus, miohippus and the crucial, determinative merychippus. Centennial
  • But, again, such standards are not necessarily determinative.
  • One major reason why we are so different than countries like France and Germany in this regard is the overwhelming and determinative role big corporate money plays in our political process and policies. Matthew Yglesias » Fighting About Modes of Delivery
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