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I am looking for a single word (noun) describing a person or any other entity that determines something. For example:

John determines next year goals for his employees. John is a ... of employee next year goals.

I was thinking about determiner but that somehow does not sound well...

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Next year goals is an awkward noun phrase. Employee next year goals is more so. –  snailboat Dec 23 '13 at 11:23
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Agreed, it's better to rephrase it to something like "John is a ... of his employees' goals for the next year" –  Vilmar Dec 23 '13 at 11:26

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It does not sound well for you because this word is widely used as a grammar term. However, if we look the word up in the dictionary, we see:

"a person or thing that determines or decides something"

Therefore this word is suitable in this context.

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