Meaning of determinative in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈtəːmɪnətɪv/

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  • Serving to define, qualify, or direct.

    ‘the employer's view is not determinative of the issue’
    • ‘I do not consider the stipulated qualifications of the arbitrator to be a determinative indicator that the plaintiff's claims were not intended for arbitration.’
    • ‘It is in the context of determining the scope of its own jurisdiction that a court will often make determinative findings in respect of the scope of the arbitration agreement.’
    • ‘As so often, practical considerations of what a tribunal is prepared to infer as to a defendant's state of mind may be more determinative than fine matters of principle of what one legal concept adds to another.’
    • ‘While the Commission should consider the state of mind of the Respondents in deciding whether to exercise its public interest jurisdiction, it is not determinative.’
    • ‘However, as between the Applicant and the Respondent my findings are determinative.’
    • ‘In other words, it must be a factor which has some weight in the decision-making process although plainly it may not be determinative.’
    • ‘As indicated earlier, the wife had given notice to the husband almost from the outset of her intention to pursue maintenance, and I find that that is the determinative factor in awarding retroactive child support.’
    • ‘The determinative issue is whether the proximate cause of the loss was the fire or the act of vandalism.’
    • ‘Statements by ministers as to what the law is are no more determinative of the citizen's rights than similar statements by anyone else.’
    • ‘The committal for trial may be helpful to the defence but it is not determinative.’
    • ‘The question as to whether the doing of any such acts would in fact have been successful in preventing the acts of discrimination in question may be worth addressing, and may be interesting to address, but are not determinative either way.’
    • ‘We would submit that the way in which his reasoning is expressed, he regarded as determinative the very fact that this was the kind of activity that could have occurred outside the workplace.’
    • ‘To this extent the principle ‘first served, first come’ will in practice operate; but for the reasons I have given it cannot be determinative.’
    • ‘Again, though, this, by itself, is not determinative.’
    • ‘They are instructive but are not determinative.’
    • ‘Although the terms of the initial letter are likely to be of great importance when seeking to answer that question, they will not necessarily be determinative.’
    • ‘But, again, such standards are not necessarily determinative.’
    • ‘Nor should the courts give a ministerial statement, whether made inside or outside Parliament, determinative weight.’
    • ‘We do not suggest that the note should be determinative.’
    • ‘On the other hand, it is not the sole and determinative factor.’
    determining, controlling, influential, guiding, decisive, forming, shaping, moulding, determinative


another term for determiner
‘But ‘this’ is a determinative, not an adjective, and it functions as a determiner in cases of the sort in question, it doesn't function attributively.’
  • ‘In this stage a determinative, especially a semantic determinative, is added to a graph to classify the meanings among the words.’