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### Meaning of DETERMINANT

 Pronunciation: di'turmununt WordNet Dictionary Definition: [n]  a determining or causal element or factor; "education is an important determinant of one's outlook on life" [n]  a square matrix used to solve simultaneous equations [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: See Also: Webster's 1913 Dictionary Definition: ```\De*ter"mi*nant\, a. [L. determinans, p. pr. of determinare: cf. F. d['e]terminant.] Serving to determine or limit; determinative. ``` ```\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. ``` Thesaurus Terms Related Terms: allele, allelomorph, Altmann theory, antecedent, antecedents, authority, base, basis, birth, border line, bordering, borderline, bound, boundary, boundary condition, boundary line, bounding, bourn, break boundary, breakoff point, call, causation, cause, cause and effect, ceiling, character, chromatid, chromatin, chromosome, circumscription, coastal, compass, confine, cutoff, cutoff point, De Vries theory, deadline, delimitation, determinative, determiner, determining, diathesis, division line, DNA, element, end, endowment, etiology, eugenics, extreme, extremity, factor, finish, floor, fringing, frontier, Galtonian theory, gene, genesiology, genetic code, genetics, ground, grounds, hedge, hereditability, heredity, heritability, heritage, high-water mark, inborn capacity, influence, inheritability, inheritance, interface, limbic, limen, liminal, limit, limitation, limiting, limiting factor, line, line of demarcation, littoral, lower limit, low-water mark, march, marginal, mark, matrocliny, Mendelianism, Mendelism, mete, occasion, patrocliny, pharmacogenetics, principle, reason, recessive character, replication, rimming, RNA, skirting, start, starting line, starting point, stimulus, target date, term, terminal, terminal date, terminus, threshold, time allotment, upper limit, Verworn theory, weight, Weismann theory, Weismannism, Wiesner theory