1. That which serves to determine; that which causes determination.

2. <mathematics> The sum of a series of products of several numbers, these products being formed according to certain specified laws; thus, the determinant of the nine numbers. 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.

(01 Mar 1998)

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