determinant

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
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n a determining or causal element or factor

“education is an important determinant of one's outlook on life”
Synonyms:
causal factor, determinative, determiner, determining factor
Types:
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clincher, decisive factor
a point or fact or remark that settles something conclusively
influence
a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do
imponderable
a factor whose effects cannot be accurately assessed
imprint
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
support
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

Synonyms:
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”
Synonyms:
deciding, determinative, determining
decisive
determining or having the power to determine an outcome

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