# Determinant vs Determinate - What's the difference?

determinant | determinate |

## In biology terms the difference between determinant and determinate

is that determinant is a substance that causes a cell to adopt a particular fate while determinate is of growth: ending once a genetically predetermined structure has formed.

## As nouns the difference between determinant and determinate

is that determinant is a determining factor; an element that determines the nature of something while determinate is a single state of a particular determinable attribute.

## As adjectives the difference between determinant and determinate

is that determinant is serving to determine or limit; determinative while determinate is distinct, clearly defined.

## As a verb determinate is

to bring to an end; to determine.

# determinant

## English

### Noun

(wikipedia determinant) (en noun)
• 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.

* permanent * singular * Mathworld article on determinants

• Serving to determine or limit; determinative.

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# determinate

## English

(-)
• Distinct, clearly defined.
• * Dryden
• Quantity of words and a determinate number of feet.
• Fixed, set, unvarying.
• * 1526 , (William Tyndale), trans. Bible , Acts II:
• hym have ye taken by the hondes of unrightewes persones, after he was delivered by the determinat counsell and foreknowledge of God, and have crucified and slayne hym [...].
• (biology) Of growth: ending once a genetically predetermined structure has formed.
• conclusive; decisive; positive
• * Bible, Acts ii. 23
• The determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God.
• (obsolete) Determined or resolved upon.
• * Shakespeare
• My determinate voyage.
• Of determined purpose; resolute.
• * Sir Philip Sidney
• More determinate to do than skillful how to do.

#### Antonyms

* (limited) indeterminate, nondeterminate * (biology) indeterminate

#### Derived terms

* determinateness

### Noun

(en noun)
• (philosophy) A single state of a particular determinable attribute.
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• , passage=And since being negatively-charged and being positively-charged are determinates of the same determinable, [D5] will not permit us to infer worlds where anything negatively-charged is also positively-charged. }}

### Verb

(determinat)
• (obsolete) To bring to an end; to determine.
• * Shakespeare
• The sly, slow hours shall not determinate / The dateless limit of thy dear exile.
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