dis·​pos·​i·​tive | \ di-ˈspä-zə-tiv How to pronounce dispositive (audio) \

Definition of dispositive

: directed toward or effecting disposition (as of a case) dispositive evidence

Examples of dispositive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fact that no one has taken a run at Davidson in the week since the video dropped is likely dispositive of the issue. Daniel Novack, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Mar. 2022 The fact that the Nazis thought so is hardly dispositive—fascist regimes are not known for their sophisticated literary criticism—and, for every passage that supports such a reading, numerous others complicate or contradict it. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2022 And Hamburger strains mightily not only to portray this dissent as the dispositive objection to progressive curricula, but to portray such curricula as a violation of the constitutional right to free speech. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 25 Oct. 2021 As many scientists have since pointed out, the mere presence of the furin cleavage site is not dispositive of a Frankenstein experiment gone wrong. Adam Federman, The Atlantic, 25 Sep. 2021 While economic factors were not dispositive in this list, other factors are more so. William P. Barrett, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 But with the replacement of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the chief justice’s vote will not be dispositive when the court hears Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization this term. Brianne Gorod, The New Republic, 9 Sep. 2021 Which is why, to take one illustrative example, Bill Buckley favored the legalization of drugs but did not believe that legalization would be dispositive as a social question or as a matter of public policy. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 15 Aug. 2021 What a court cannot do is to treat the special motion as an ordinary motion and cast it into the regular stream of dispositive motions, i.e., onto a demurrer or summary judgment calendar that might be scheduling hearings six months out. Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 19 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dispositive

circa 1618, in the meaning defined above

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“Dispositive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispositive. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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dis·​pos·​i·​tive | \ dis-ˈpä-zə-tiv How to pronounce dispositive (audio) \

Legal Definition of dispositive

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 : providing a final resolution (as of an issue) : having control over an outcome dispositive of the question

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