determinative determinative  /dɪ ˈtɜr mɪ nə ˌtɪv/


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


  1. In a sense, it was familiar ground for Kennedy, whose spot near the court's ideological center often makes his vote determinative in tight cases.
  2. That risk may not be determinative.
  3. The South Carolina result, however, will not be as determinative as it has been in the past.


  1. With primary on Aug. 13, 12th Suffolk hopefuls hard at work

    Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor Several of the candidates hoping to succeed state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry in the State House hit the campaign trail this week, wasting little time in their bids for public office. That’s probably because the primary, which will likely be determinative in the heavily Democratic district, is looming: Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin, the state’s ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Dorchester Reporter

  2. The Choice Blog: Are Students Who Go Far Away to College More Likely to Study Abroad?

    The correlation between going far away for college and studying abroad in more challenging countries has not been studied closely, experts say, but more general indications of comfort level often prove determinative.        
    on June 10, 2013     Source: New York Times


  1. "Ian Paisley's contribution to peace, after all the years of division and difference, was decisive and determinative," said former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who together with Ahern oversaw the negotiations that produced the Good Friday...
    on Sep 8, 2007 By: Tony Blair Source: News 10NBC

  2. "There was no mention made of what this will cost in human lives or in dollars," Spratt said of Bush's new war plan. "The dollar costs are not necessarily the determinative issue, but they should be a factor."
    on Jan 12, 2007 By: John Spratt Source: San Jose Mercury News

  3. "If there is a state in the country where the vice presidential choice will be determinative, it is Florida," Wexler said in a phone conversation.
    on Oct 26, 2008 By: Robert Wexler Source: Washington Post

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