Definition of determiner in English:



  • 1A person or thing that determines or decides something.

    • ‘The judge will be the final determiner and that is in November and our panel will assemble right after this.’
    • ‘This new artistic trend has been publicized and sanctified by the great determiner of what's hot and who's who, the Whitney Biennial; by galleries across Canada and the US; and by the art sections in independent booksellers.’
    • ‘The determiner of whether something should be legalised is surely ‘is it right’?’
    • ‘The second, almost a throwaway, notes that a rise in net income isn't the only determiner of whether you've moved up.’
    • ‘And the judge had an opportunity, as an independent determiner of facts, to determine whether or not she is in a persistent vegetative state.’
    • ‘In this case, as in the many other peaks and valleys of economic history, B.C. was not sole determiner of its fate, nor is it likely to be in the future.’
    • ‘Parents are the prime determiners of how their children feel about the world.’
    • ‘You don't have, in your heart, a guiding determiner between what is right and wrong.’
    • ‘They are really acting like they are the sole determiner of American foreign policy.’
    • ‘The tribe should be the sole determiner of membership and the Supreme Court has upheld this setup.’
    • ‘The Supreme Court of Florida, which is the ultimate determiner of Florida law, you know, literally they read the statute.’
    • ‘Your tension that you have outlined particularly was in terms of being that visible operational leader and determiner of the future in some ways, combined with - or as opposed to the general day-to-day perhaps running of the business.’
    • ‘But there is a powerful class that looks upon Madurai's response as the determiner of the happenings elsewhere in the State.’
    • ‘It received mixed reviews, possibly because it is reasonable to focus upon the actors as the main determiner of success.’
    • ‘However, it may be a legitimate determiner, since physical disability may stem from, but not be limited to, the following factors: birth defect, infirmity, malformation, disfigurement, illness or bodily injury.’
    • ‘The real surprise is that in terms of total population and population density (the things I think are the biggest single determiners of whether a railway is viable or not) Los Angeles is remarkably similar to both New York and London.’
    • ‘Hannah's words act as a determiner of Sula's defiance.’
    • ‘Todorov, Jauss and Culler all decentre the text (and by implication, I think, author intention) as the determiner of genre, and introduce the idea that genres are formed in relation to reader reception and expectation.’
    judge, authority, controller, director, governor, master, expert, pundit, critic
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  • 2Grammar
    A modifying word that determines the kind of reference a noun or noun group has, for example a, the, every.

    • ‘Every noun phrase has a particular curve associated with it that is described by a lowering of pitch after the determiner and then a rise again after the noun.’
    • ‘The idea that the determiner heads a noun phrase might seem counterintuitive to some readers.’
    • ‘I'm no kind of expert on translation, but if they'd asked me, I would have been tempted to nominate some morphological category like inchoative, or some preposition or determiner.’
    • ‘It's not true that determiners are always atomic, certainly - it's normal for them to show gender and number agreement, of course, and there are some other sorts of morphologically complex determiners as well.’
    • ‘In this intermediate period, especially indefinite determiners seem to be distributed in a quite clear cut way according to the specificity of the referents introduced by the respective noun phrases.’