Determinative

   Used with Egyptian hieroglyphics, determinatives were often placed at the end of a word to indicate if the signs were to be interpreted as Phonograms or Ideograms.
   See Hieroglyphics.

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  • Determinative — De*ter mi*na*tive, a. [Cf. F. d[ e]terminatif.] Having power to determine; limiting; shaping; directing; conclusive. [1913 Webster] Incidents . . . determinative of their course. I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] {Determinative tables} (Nat. Hist.),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • determinative — de·ter·mi·na·tive /di tər mə ˌnā tiv, nə tiv/ adj: having the power or tendency to determine a fact determinative of the issue Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. determinative …   Law dictionary

  • Determinative — De*ter mi*na*tive, n. That which serves to determine. [1913 Webster] 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).… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • determinative — 1650s (adj.); 1832 (n.), from Fr. déterminatif (15c.), from L. determinat , pp. stem of determinare (see DETERMINE (Cf. determine)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • determinative — *conclusive, decisive, definitive Analogous words: determining, deciding, settling (see DECIDE): influencing, affecting (see AFFECT): shaping, fashioning, forming or formative (see corresponding verbs at MAKE) Contrasted words: *ineffective,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • determinative — [dē tʉr′mi nāt΄iv, dē tʉr′minə tiv; di tʉr′mi nā΄tiv, ditʉr′mi nə tiv] adj. [Fr déterminatif] determining or serving to determine n. a thing or factor that determines determinatively adv …   English World dictionary

  • Determinative — This article is about the kind of written symbol. For the kind of word, see Determiner (linguistics). A determinative, also known as a taxogram or semagram, is an ideogram used to mark semantic categories of words in logographic scripts which… …   Wikipedia

  • determinative — adjective Date: 1655 having power or tendency to determine ; tending to fix, settle, or define something < regard experiments as determinative of the principles from which deductions could be made S. F. Mason > Synonyms: see conclusive •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • déterminative — ● déterminatif, déterminative adjectif (latin médiéval determinativus) Qui détermine, précise le sens de quelque chose. ● déterminatif, déterminative (expressions) adjectif (latin médiéval determinativus) Adjectif déterminatif, ou déterminatif… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • determinative — noun a) An ideogram used to mark semantic categories of words in logographic scripts. b) a class of words, with the main function of determiner in a noun phrase. Words in the determinative class usually also have other functions. Its core members …   Wiktionary

  • determinative — adj. & n. adj. serving to define, qualify, or direct. n. a determinative thing or circumstance. Derivatives: determinatively adv. Etymology: F deacuteterminatif ive (as DETERMINE) …   Useful english dictionary

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