A determinant is a factor or cause that makes something happen or leads directly to a decision.

The word determinant hasn't strayed much from its roots in the Latin word for "determining." As a noun or adjective, it refers to determining or deciding something. A snowstorm could be a determinant in school being canceled. Or a good health-care plan could be the determinant in someone taking a job. The determinant cause of a disease is responsible for the spread of the disease. Anything described as determinant is important.

Definitions of determinant

n a determining or causal element or factor

“education is an important determinant of one's outlook on life”
causal factor, determinative, determiner, determining factor
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clincher, decisive factor
a point or fact or remark that settles something conclusively
a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do
a factor whose effects cannot be accurately assessed
a distinctive influence
morale builder
something or someone who influences by building or strengthening morale
canker, pestilence
a pernicious and malign influence that is hard to get rid of
something providing immaterial assistance to a person or cause or interest
enticement, temptation
something that seduces or has the quality to seduce
Type of:
cognitive factor
something immaterial (as a circumstance or influence) that contributes to producing a result

n the site on the surface of an antigen molecule to which an antibody attaches itself

antigenic determinant, epitope
Type of:
site, situation
physical position in relation to the surroundings

n a square matrix used to solve simultaneous equations

Type of:
square matrix
a matrix with the same number of rows and columns

adj having the power or quality of deciding

“the determinative (or determinant) battle”
deciding, determinative, determining
determining or having the power to determine an outcome

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