What does determinative mean?

Definitions for determinative
dɪˈtɜr məˌneɪ tɪv, -nə tɪvde·ter·mi·na·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. determiner, determinative(noun)

    one of a limited class of noun modifiers that determine the referents of noun phrases

  2. determinant, determiner, determinative, determining factor, causal factor(adj)

    a determining or causal element or factor

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

  3. deciding(a), determinant, determinative, determining(a)(adj)

    having the power or quality of deciding

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


  1. determinative(Noun)

    An ideogram used to mark semantic categories of words in logographic scripts.

  2. determinative(Noun)

    A word that typically functions as a determiner in a noun phrase; many also have other functions.

  3. determinative(Adjective)

    Determining something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Determinative(adj)

    having power to determine; limiting; shaping; directing; conclusive

    Etymology: [Cf. F. dterminatif.]

  2. Determinative(noun)

    that which serves to determine

    Etymology: [Cf. F. dterminatif.]


  1. Determinative

    A determinative, also known as a taxogram or semagram, is an ideogram used to mark semantic categories of words in logographic scripts which helps to disambiguate interpretation. They have no direct counterpart in spoken language, though they may derive historically from glyphs for real words, and functionally they resemble classifiers in East Asian and sign languages. For example, Egyptian hieroglyphic determinatives include symbols for divinities, people, parts of the body, animals, plants, and books/abstract ideas, which helped in reading but none of which were pronounced.

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How to say determinative in sign language?

  1. determinative


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of determinative in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of determinative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of determinative in a Sentence

  1. Joel Benenson:

    I do think Iowa and New Hampshire, while they will draw tremendous amounts of attention, will be less determinative of who plays or who doesn't.

Images & Illustrations of determinative

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    a long narrow excavation in the earth
    • A. pluck
    • B. snap
    • C. ditch
    • D. abandon

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