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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Definitions for dispositive

  1. involving or affecting disposition or settlement: a dispositive clue in a case of embezzlement.

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Citations for dispositive
Perhaps it had been a hallucination, or it was a false memory. Boggs had even predicted that later Ellis would doubt the incident had even happened—which seemed dispositive toward the dead man's reality… Nick Arvin, The Reconstructionist, 2012
Looks and charm were often dispositive, the more attractive partner sailing on to other waters. Louis Begley, About Schmidt, 1996
Origin of dispositive
1475-1485
Dispositive comes from the word dispose meaning "to put in a particular place."