1. [ noun ] (grammar,linguistics) one of a limited class of noun modifiers that determine the referents of noun phrases
Synonyms: determiner
Related terms: function_word article specify
2. [ adjective ] having the power or quality of deciding
Synonyms: determining deciding determinant crucial

"the crucial experiment" "cast the deciding vote" "the determinative (or determinant) battle"

Related terms: decisive
3. [ noun ] a determining or causal element or factor
Synonyms: determinant causal_factor determining_factor determiner

"education is an important determinant of one's outlook on life"

Related terms: cognitive_factor influence clincher specify
Similar spelling:   determinate