Definition of determinant in English:

determinant

noun

  • 1A factor which decisively affects the nature or outcome of something.

    ‘pure force of will was the main determinant of his success’
    • ‘The most common approach to measuring cumulative effects across domains or over time is to use past events and outcomes as determinants of current outcomes.’
    • ‘For nearly six years the mighty dollar was entirely insulated from trade data, one of the main determinants of currency market movements in conventional economic theory.’
    • ‘A whole gamut of policies, affecting the three crucial determinants of state level growth, have been considered.’
    • ‘So it could be argued that bottom line financial considerations were the main determinant of the four times a day musters and headcounts held in Villawood detention centre.’
    • ‘New Delhi and Islamabad will have to forget the bitter past, which is the main determinant of their perceptual distortions for a better and prosperous future.’
    • ‘In contrast, ‘reform’ as a determinant of the electoral outcome has been largely diffused.’
    • ‘The site of drug localization appears to be a more important determinant than other factors: absorbance and steady-state accumulation.’
    • ‘Research shows consistently that childcare workers are the crucial determinant in delivering quality outcomes for children.’
    • ‘The categories were selected as indicators, risk factors or relevant environmental determinants affecting fitness, obesity and health.’
    • ‘We do have clear evidence that a teacher's expectation of a student's potential achievement is a crucial determinant of learning outcomes.’
    • ‘Ask a woman, and she will speak of social factors that are the main determinants that steer women to make choices that are not really free choices.’
    • ‘It doesn't really matter if the IQ is the main determinant of earnings, or economic growth, or anything else.’
    • ‘In a study based on company data, Steve Fazzari found that the main determinant for investment decisions was expected sales rather than the interest rate.’
    • ‘One of the most important determinants affecting exercise adherence is the environmental factor of perceived availability of time.’
    • ‘Ultimately, the main determinants of our grog and drug problem are the passive welfare paradigm that has taken hold of our society and the liberal drug ideology in Australian society at large.’
    • ‘It is against this background that the present study examines the nature and determinants of Palestinian attitudes toward democracy.’
    • ‘These low levels of wages are not merely explainable by the level of education and productivity of the workers; the structures of underdevelopment are perhaps the main determinants.’
    • ‘Psychological and behavioural responses to pain and social factors are the main determinants of chronic pain disability.’
    • ‘Though a number of factors may influence the course of disease progression, a balance between the host factors and the virus factors are major determinants of the outcome of HIV infection.’
    • ‘But this all happened because trade must follow its course and in recent times trade relationship is the main determinant of foreign relations.’
    factor, issue, point, concern, item, matter, element, detail, aspect, facet, feature, determinant
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    1. 1.1Biology
      A gene or other factor which determines the character and development of a cell or cells in an organism, a set of which forms an individual's idiotype.
      • ‘The primary determinant of sexual identity in Drosophila, the X chromosome karyotype, was discovered nearly a century ago.’
      • ‘This suggests that a determinant necessary for regionality is located between bands 1 and 21.’
      • ‘Previous studies examined the genetic determinants for arbovirus development within the invertebrate vector, but not transmission to a vertebrate host.’
      • ‘However, the genetic determinants appear to be chromosomal.’
      • ‘It is well established that genetic determinants play a role in the susceptibility to the development of asthma.’
  • 2Mathematics
    A quantity obtained by the addition of products of the elements of a square matrix according to a given rule.

    • ‘If you know the concept of the determinant of a square matrix, you may calculate the determinants of the 3x3 and 4x4 Liki-matrices.’
    • ‘If one starts by defining the determinant for a triangular matrix and specifying the effect of the basic row operations on the determinant, one can obtain all of these results within a single section.’
    • ‘What Yang's method essentially reduces to is finding the determinant of the matrix of coefficients of the system of equations.’
    • ‘It is not surprising that the beginnings of matrices and determinants should arise through the study of systems of linear equations.’
    • ‘Ten years later Leibniz, independently, used determinants to solve simultaneous equations although Seki's version was the more general.’

adjective

  • Serving to determine or decide something.

    • ‘Gibson's studies clearly suggest that appropriate behavior cannot be the most important determinant factor of academic achievement.’
    • ‘The invention of tools such as the forceps and the introduction of the medical man in the birthing place have been determinant steps in the history of childbirth.’
    • ‘I've yet to be convinced that the technical ability to sing is, in itself, a vital or determinant aspect of what makes a pop phenomenon great.’
    • ‘In fact, however, selection is bound to be arbitrary, because rationales for including one country and excluding another are based on judgments as to what the determinant variables are.’
    • ‘The results also suggest that determinant attributes may differ among cultural groups.’
    • ‘Namely the determinant role of ideological opinions has to be replaced by policies that raise the living standards of the people, to ensure they everyone has enough to live on and to ensure society is peaceful and happy.’
    • ‘Through comparative analysis, Wirth tries to expose the determinant formal structure that underlies images.’
    • ‘Geographical origin is therefore no determinant factor of the way the picture is composed.’
    • ‘Such strong family ties breed a communal spirit in which the needs of the group are more determinant than those of the individual.’
    • ‘Among these processes, mitochondrial function seems to play a determinant role.’
    • ‘And, given a territory, the sheer volume of the population, its absolute size, plays a determinant role; the extent of the division of labour is positively correlated with a population's size.’
    • ‘Residual chlorine concentration and contact time are determinant factors for the presence or absence of enterobacteria and H. pylori.’
    • ‘The anatomy of bamboo culms and the multilayered structure of fibre cell walls are known to be the main determinant factors for its physical and mechanical properties.’
    • ‘This was the ‘key determinant factor’ in deciding not to pursue charges.’
    • ‘This finding is substantiated by the paucity of significant determinant variables in these models.’
    • ‘It is to assert that human beings and their desires can alter otherwise determinant structures.’
    • ‘WTO members had been engaged in intensive consultations, in a constructive and determinant manner, to achieve this goal.’
    • ‘The increased mobility observed on the collagen gel may also be a determinant factor for collective cell migration because high mobility can lead to inertial motion in the congested state.’
    • ‘Central power degenerated in a country where local power was more determinant than ever, in the era of warlords.’
    • ‘But as any linguist would tell you, a word never has a single determinant meaning.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin determinant- determining, from the verb determinare (see determine).

Pronunciation:

determinant

/dɪˈtəːmɪnənt/