supercede; dispositive

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 29 20:40:38 UTC 2011

Did he say dispouz at tiv (dispose-i-tive) or dispUHzitiv (dis-positive)?


On Sun, May 29, 2011 at 11:32 AM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at>wrote:

> -...
> II
> George Will explained this morning that evangelical Christians will be
> "dispositive" in the Iowa Republican primary.
> His meaning is not in any dictionary, though it obviously comes from the
> legal sense which l I'll leave you to look up.
> Contextually it just meant "decisive," which is obviously too boring a
> concept in the high-powered jargonesque world of today.
> Frankly, I thought  he meant something like "not entirely negative,"
> but sociological consideration showed that was most unlikely.
> JL

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