dispositive

adjective dis·pos·i·tive \ di-ˈspä-zə-tiv \

Definition of dispositive

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

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First Known Use of dispositive

circa 1618


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dispositive

adjective dis·pos·i·tive \ dis-ˈpä-zə-tiv \

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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