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Definitions of determinative

  1. That which serves to determine. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. having the power or quality of deciding; "the crucial experiment"; "cast the deciding vote"; "the determinative (or determinant) battle" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. That directs to a certain end; that limits or bounds; that is employed in determining. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for determinative

  1. Deliberation, it has been argued, does very clearly point to a determinative power exercised by the human will, and a power that cannot be explained in the same terms with which we explain other events. – Determinism or Free-Will? by Chapman Cohen
  2. The second stage excludes phonetic corruption in the principal root, but allows it in the secondary or determinative elements. – Lectures on The Science of Language by Max Müller
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