Origin of dispositivefrom Classical Latin dispositus, past participle of disponere, to arrange
The definition of dispositive refers to something that settles a conflict or resolves a situation once and for all.
An example of dispositive is a decision by the Supreme Court on a controversial case.
- Relating to or determining the outcome of a case or decision.
- Relating to or involving the distribution of property, as through a trust or will.
(comparative more dispositive, superlative most dispositive)
- Intending to or resulting in disposition (disposing of or settling a matter).