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Thursday, July 25, 2013

dispositive

\dih-SPOZ-i-tiv\ , adjective;
1.
involving or affecting disposition or settlement: a dispositive clue in a case of embezzlement.
Quotes:
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:
Dispositive comes from the word dispose meaning "to put in a particular place."
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