noun

- When your boss' opinion is ultimately the only opinion that matters in making a decision in your office, this is an example of a determinant.
- If you have a specific gene that is dominant and that always determines what a person's eye color will be, this is an example of a determinant.

The definition of a determinant is something that determines an outcome or result of something.

## determinant

determining

Origin of determinant

Classical Latin*determinans*, present participle of

*determinare*

- a thing or factor that determines
- Math. the sum of the products formed from a square matrix in accordance with certain laws

## determinant

adjective

Determinative.

noun

- An influencing or determining element or factor:
*“Education is the second most important determinant of recreational participation”*(*John P. Robinson*) -
*Mathematics*The value computed from a square matrix of numbers by a rule of combining products of the matrix entries and that characterizes the solvablitity of simultaneous linear equations. Its absolute value can be interpreted as an area or volume. -
*Immunology*An epitope.

## determinant

Noun

(*plural* determinants)

- A determining factor; an element that determines the nature of something
- (linear algebra) The unique scalar function over square matrices which is distributive over matrix multiplication, multilinear in the rows and columns, and takes the value of 1 for the unit matrix. Abbreviation: det
- (biology) A substance that causes a cell to adopt a particular fate.

Adjective

(*comparative* more determinant, *superlative* most determinant)

- Serving to determine or limit; determinative.

*See also:*

**déterminant**