adjective Date: circa 1618 directed toward or effecting disposition (as of a case) <
dispositive evidence

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  • dispositive — dis·pos·i·tive /dis pä zə tiv/ adj 1: directed toward or effecting a disposition (as of a case) an endless variety of dispositive...pretrial motions Robert Shaw Meadow 2: relating to a disposition of property dispositive words in a will 3 …   Law dictionary

  • Dispositive — Dis*pos i*tive, a. [Cf. F. dispositif.] 1. Disposing; tending to regulate; decretive. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] His dispositive wisdom and power. Bates. [1913 Webster] 2. Belonging to disposition or natural, tendency. [Obs.] Dispositive holiness. Jer …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dispositive — [dis päz′ə tiv] adj. that disposes of, or settles, a dispute, question, etc.; conclusive; decisive …   English World dictionary

  • dispositive — /di spoz i tiv/, adj. involving or affecting disposition or settlement: a dispositive clue in a case of embezzlement. [1475 85; DISPOSE + ITIVE, on the model of POSITIVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • dispositive — adjective /dɪˈspɒzɪtɪv/ Intending to or resulting in disposition (disposing of or settling a matter) …   Wiktionary

  • dispositive — [dɪs pɒzətɪv] adjective relating to or bringing about the settlement of an issue or the disposition of property …   English new terms dictionary

  • dispositive — dis·pos·i·tive …   English syllables

  • dispositive — dis•pos•i•tive [[t]dɪˈspɒz ɪ tɪv[/t]] adj. cvb involving or affecting disposition or settlement • Etymology: 1475–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • dispositive — də̇ˈspäzəd.iv, pōz adjective Etymology: Latin dispositus (past participle of disponere to set in order, arrange) + English ive more at dispose 1. archaic : having the capacity or quality of giving a tendency or inclination to something 2. :… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Dispositive motion — dispositive redirects here. For the concept used by the philosopher Michel Foucault, see dispositif. In law, a dispositive motion is a motion seeking a trial court order entirely disposing of one or more claims in favor of the moving party… …   Wikipedia

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