a) An ideogram used to mark semantic categories of words in logographic scripts.
b) a class of words, with the main function of determiner in a noun phrase. Words in the determinative class usually also have other functions. Its core members include articles and other items that fill the same slot as articles but are mutually exclusive with them, such as cardinal numbers.<ref name="determiner">determiner in Huddleston & Pullum, 2002. CUP.</ref> Examples include: the, this, most, any, three, etc.
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  • Determinative — De*ter mi*na*tive, a. [Cf. F. d[ e]terminatif.] Having power to determine; limiting; shaping; directing; conclusive. [1913 Webster] Incidents . . . determinative of their course. I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] {Determinative tables} (Nat. Hist.),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • determinative — de·ter·mi·na·tive /di tər mə ˌnā tiv, nə tiv/ adj: having the power or tendency to determine a fact determinative of the issue Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. determinative …   Law dictionary

  • Determinative — De*ter mi*na*tive, n. That which serves to determine. [1913 Webster] Explanatory determinatives . . . were placed after words phonetically expressed, in order to serve as an aid to the reader in determining the meaning. I. Taylor (The Alphabet).… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • determinative — 1650s (adj.); 1832 (n.), from Fr. déterminatif (15c.), from L. determinat , pp. stem of determinare (see DETERMINE (Cf. determine)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • determinative — *conclusive, decisive, definitive Analogous words: determining, deciding, settling (see DECIDE): influencing, affecting (see AFFECT): shaping, fashioning, forming or formative (see corresponding verbs at MAKE) Contrasted words: *ineffective,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • determinative — [dē tʉr′mi nāt΄iv, dē tʉr′minə tiv; di tʉr′mi nā΄tiv, ditʉr′mi nə tiv] adj. [Fr déterminatif] determining or serving to determine n. a thing or factor that determines determinatively adv …   English World dictionary

  • Determinative — This article is about the kind of written symbol. For the kind of word, see Determiner (linguistics). A determinative, also known as a taxogram or semagram, is an ideogram used to mark semantic categories of words in logographic scripts which… …   Wikipedia

  • determinative — adjective Date: 1655 having power or tendency to determine ; tending to fix, settle, or define something < regard experiments as determinative of the principles from which deductions could be made S. F. Mason > Synonyms: see conclusive •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • déterminative — ● déterminatif, déterminative adjectif (latin médiéval determinativus) Qui détermine, précise le sens de quelque chose. ● déterminatif, déterminative (expressions) adjectif (latin médiéval determinativus) Adjectif déterminatif, ou déterminatif… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • determinative — adj. & n. adj. serving to define, qualify, or direct. n. a determinative thing or circumstance. Derivatives: determinatively adv. Etymology: F deacuteterminatif ive (as DETERMINE) …   Useful english dictionary

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