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Determinative   /dɪtˈərmɪnətˌɪv/   Listen

One of a limited class of noun modifiers that determine the referents of noun phrases.  Synonym: determiner.
A determining or causal element or factor.  Synonyms: causal factor, determinant, determiner, determining factor.

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"Determinative" Quotes from Famous Books

... local hands. In consequence, first, of the panic of 1873, and then of the panic of 1885, hundreds of these small lines went into bankruptcy, from which they emerged consolidated into great interstate systems. The result for the Court's interpretation of the commerce clause was determinative. In the case of Wabash, St. Louis and Pacific R. Co. v. Illinois,[375] decided in 1886, it was ruled that a State may not regulate charges for the carriage even within its own boundaries of goods brought ...
— The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation • Edward Corwin

... threatening to be disregarded, and yet which cannot be carried without heavy loss. This characteristic is observable in the neighbourhood of Glencoe, Dundee, and Ladysmith, and, as will be seen, exercised a determinative ...
— Story of the War in South Africa - 1899-1900 • Alfred T. Mahan

Words linked to "Determinative" :   function word, article, decisive, influence, clincher, closed-class word, decisive factor, cognitive factor

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