De*ter"mi*na*tive (?), a. [Cf. F. d'eterminatif.]

Having power to determine; limiting; shaping; directing; conclusive.

Incidents . . . determinative of their course. I. Taylor.

Determinative tables Nat. Hist., tables presenting the specific character of minerals, plants, etc., to assist in determining the species to which a specimen belongs.


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De*ter"mi*na*tive (?), n.

That which serves to determine.

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).


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