Etymology
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determinative (adj.)

"having power or tendency to fix or decide," 1650s, from French déterminatif (15c.), from Latin determinat-, past-participle stem of determinare "to enclose, bound, set limits to" (see determine). Meaning "serving to determine the precise kind of a thing" is from 1690s. As a noun, "that which determines," from 1832.

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Definitions of determinative
1
determinative (n.)
one of a limited class of noun modifiers that determine the referents of noun phrases;
Synonyms: determiner
determinative (n.)
a determining or causal element or factor;
Synonyms: determinant / determiner / determining factor / causal factor
2
determinative (adj.)
having the power or quality of deciding;
the determinative (or determinant) battle
Synonyms: deciding / determinant / determining
From wordnet.princeton.edu