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Meaning of DETERMINANT

Pronunciation:  di'turmununt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a determining or causal element or factor; "education is an important determinant of one's outlook on life"
  2. [n]  a square matrix used to solve simultaneous equations
  3. [adj]  having the power or quality of deciding; "the crucial experiment"; "cast the deciding vote"; "the determinative (or determinant) battle"
 

DETERMINANT is a 11 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: causal factor, crucial, deciding(a), decisive, determinative, determinative, determiner, determining factor, determining(a)
 
 See Also: clincher, cognitive factor, decisive factor, influence, square matrix

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \De*ter"mi*nant\, a. [L. determinans, p. pr. of
    determinare: cf. F. d['e]terminant.]
    Serving to determine or limit; determinative.
    
    
  2. \De*ter"mi*nant\, n.
    1. That which serves to determine; that which causes
       determination.
    
    2. (Math.) The sum of a series of products of several
       numbers, these products being formed according to certain
       specified laws;
    
    Note: thus, the determinant of the nine numbers a, b, c,a',
          b', c',a'', b'', c'', is a b' c'' - a b'' c' + a' b''
          c] - a' b c'' + a'' b' c. The determinant is written by
          placing the numbers from which it is formed in a square
          between two vertical lines. The theory of determinants
          forms a very important branch of modern mathematics.
    
    3. (Logic) A mark or attribute, attached to the subject or
       predicate, narrowing the extent of both, but rendering
       them more definite and precise. --Abp. Thomson.
    
    
 
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