Determinant
Determinant De*ter"mi*nant, n. 1. That which serves to determine; that which causes determination. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • determinant — DETERMINÁNT, Ă, determinanţi, te, adj., s.m. I. adj. 1. Care determină sau este de natură să determine ceva; hotărâtor. 2. (Despre cuvinte sau propoziţii; adesea substantivat) Care precizează sensul altui cuvânt sau al altei propoziţii cu care… …   Dicționar Român

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  • déterminant — déterminant, ante (dé tèr mi nan, nan t ) adj. Qui détermine. Ce motif est déterminant. •   J expose celles de mes raisons que je pouvais dire sans compromettre Mme Levasseur et sa famille ; car les plus déterminantes venaient de là, et je les… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • déterminant — DÉTERMINANT, ANTE. adject. Qui détermine, qui sert à déterminer. Ce motif est déterminant. C est une raison déterminante …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Determinant — De*ter mi*nant, a. [L. determinans, p. pr. of determinare: cf. F. d[ e]terminant.] Serving to determine or limit; determinative. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • determinant — I noun agent, authority, background, base, basis, consideration, constitutive element, contributing force, contributor, decisive factor, determining circumstance, determining element, determining influence, driving force, element, factor,… …   Law dictionary

  • determinant — c.1600 (adj.); 1680s (n.), from L. determinantem (nom. determinans), prp. of determinare (see DETERMINE (Cf. determine)) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • determinant — antecedent, *cause, reason, occasion Analogous words: factor (see ELEMENT): *influence, weight, authority …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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