Root Word of the Day: DETERMINANT

determinant (noun) – a factor or element that determines the nature or outcome of something
BREAKDOWN: DE- (down from) + TERMIN- (end or border) + -ANT (state or quality)
determinant as an adjective means serving to determine, limit, or decide
determinants are also mathematical objects used in the analysis and solution of systems of linear equations

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This word is built on the root TERM-, which means end, limit, or border.
Common TERM- words include determine, determined, exterminate, term, and terminology.
More esoteric TERM- words include determinative, deterministic, predetermine, and terminus.

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