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determinant

c. 1600 (adj.), "serving to determine;" 1680s (n.), "that which fixes, defines, or establishes (something);" from Latin determinantem (nominative determinans), present participle of determinare "to enclose, bound, set limits to," from de "off" (see de-) + terminare "to mark the end or boundary," from terminus "end, limit" (see terminus).

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