9. TO DISPOSE of. To put into the hands



The knightly forms of cornbat to dispose. Dryden. DISPO'SER. n. s. [from dispose. ]

émestick affair of great importance, which is I have disposed of her to a man of business, no less than the disposal of my sister Jenny for who will let her see, that to be well dressed, in life

Tatler. good humour, and chearful in her family, are To DISPOʻSE. V. a. [disposer, French; the arts and sciences of female life. Tatler. dispono, Latin.]

10. To DISPOSE of. To give away by 1. To employ to various purposes ; to authority. diffuse.

A rural judge dispos’d of beauty's prize,

Thus, whilst she did her various pow'r dispose,
The world was free from tyrants, wars, and 11. To Dispose of. To direct.


The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole 2. To give; to place; to bestow.

disposing thereof is of the Lord. Proverbs. Yet see, when noble benefits shall prove 12. TO DISPOSE of. To conduct; to Not well dispos'd, the mind grown once corrupt,

behave, They turn to vicious forms, ten times more ugly

They must receive instructions how to dise
Than ever they were fair.

Of what you gathered, as most your own, you

pose of themselves when they come, which must have disposed much in works of public piety.

be in the nature of laws unto them. Bacon.

Spratt. 13. TO DISPOSE of. To place in any
3. To turn to any particular end or con condition.

For the remaining doubt,
Endure and conquer; Jove will soon dispose

What to resolve, and how dispose of me,
To future good our past and present woes.

Be warn'd to cast that useless care aside.

Dryden. 4. To adapt; to form for any purpose.

14. To DISPOSE of. To put away by These when the knights beheld, they 'gan

any means.

They require more water than can be found,
Theniselves to court, and each a damsel chose. and more than can be disposed of, if it wą found.
But if thee list unto the court to throng,

And there to haunt after the hoped prey,

To Dispoʻse. v. n. To bargain ; to make Then must thou thee dispose another way.

terms. Obsolete. Hubbard's Tale.

When she saw you did suspect $. To frame the mind; to give a propen

She had dispos'd with Cæsar, and that your rage sion; to incline : with to.

Would not be purg'd, she sent word she was Suspicions dispose kings to tyranny, husbands


Sbakspeare. to jealousy, and wise men to irresolution and Dispoʻse. n. s. [from the verb.) melancholy.

Bacon. 1. Power ; management; disposal : with The memory of what they had suffered, by at or to. being without it, easily disposed them to do this

. All that is mine I leave at thy dispose;

He knew the seat of Paradise ;

My goods, my lands, my reputation.
And, as he was dispos’d, could prove it

'It shall be my task
Below the moon, or else above it.

To render thee the Parchian at dispose. Milton.

This disposes men to believe what it teaches,

Of all your goodness leaves to our dispose,

Our liberty's the only gift we chuse. Dryden. A man might do this now if he were mali


2. Distribution ; act of government ; disciously disposed, and had a mind to bring matters

pensation. Although the frequency of prayer and fasting


All is best, though oft we doubt

What th' unsearchable dispose.
may be of no efficacy co dispose God to be more
grácious, yet it is of great use to dispose us to be

Of highest wisdom brings about,

And ever best found in the close. Milton, If mere moralists find themselves disposed to

Smalridge. 3. Disposition ; cast of behaviour. Obpride, lust, intemperance, or avarice, they do

solete. act think their morality concerned to check

He hath a person, and a smooth dispose,

To be suspected; fram'd to make women false. Swift.

Shakspeare. 4. Disposition ; cast of mind ; inclina

tion. Obsolete.

He carries on the stream of his dispose
Without observance or respect of any,
In will peculiar.



to follow what it advises.

to extremity.

more objects of his grace,



6. To make fit: with for.

This may dispose me, perhaps, for the reception of truth; but helps me not to it. 7. To regulate ; to adjust.

Wak'd by the cries, th' Athenian chief arose
&. To Dispose of. To apply to any pur-
pose; to transfer to any other person or
All men are naturally in a state of perfect
freedom to order their actions, and dispose of
their possessions and persons, as they think fit,
within the bounds of the law of nature.

Dispose of the meat with the butler, or any

of another.
As she is mine, I may dispose of her;
Which still be either to this gentleman,
Orw her death,


other crony.

1. Distributer; giver ; bestower,

The magistrate is boch the beggar, and the disposer of what is got by begging. Graunt. 1. Governour; regulator ; director.

I think myself obliged, whatever my private apprehensions may be of the success, to do my duty, and leave events to their disposer. Boyle.

All the reason of mankind cannot suggest any solid ground of satisfaction, but in making that God our friend, who is the absolute disposer of all things.

Would I had been disposer of thy stars,
Thou shouldst have had thy wish, and died in



Whilst they murmur against the present disa

3. One who takes from, and gives to, though it be substantially true, concerning the 2 whom he pleases.

form and matter, is also dispositively verined in But brandish'd high, in an ill omen'd hour,

the efficient or producer. Brown's Vulg. Err. To thee, proud Gaul, behold thy justest fear, DISPOʻSITOR. n. s. [from dispose.] The The master sword, disposer of thy pow'r. Prior. lord of that sign in which the planet Disposi'TION. n. s. [from dispositio, Lat.) is, and by which therefore it is over. I. Order ; method ; distribution.

ruled. Touching musical harmony, whether by in- To DISPOSSE'ss, v. a. (dis and possess.) strument or voice, it being of high and low, in

1. To put out of possession ; to deprive; due proportionable disposition, such notwithstanding is the force thereof, and so very pleas

to disseize. ing effects it hath, in that very part of man which

The blow from saddle forced him to fly; is most divine, that some have been thereby in

Else might it needs down :o his manly breast duced to think, that the soul itself by nature is,

Have cleft his head in twain, and life thence or hath in it, harmony.


Fairy Queens
Under the head of invention is placed the dis-

Thou shalt hold the opinion of Pythagoras, position of the work, to put all things in a beau

ere I will allow of thy wits; and fear to kill a tiful order and harmony, that the whole may be

woodcock, lest thou dispossess the soul of thy of a piece.

Dryden's Disfresung'.

grandame. Sbakspeare's Twelfth Nighi. I ask whether the connection of the extremes

Let us sit upon the ground, and tell be not more clearly seen, in this simple and na

How some have been depos’d, some slain in war, ; tural disposition, than in the perplexed repeti

Some haunted by the ghosts they dispossess'de tions and jumble of five or six syllogisms?

Shakspeare's Richard II. Locke.

I will chuse 2. Natural fitness ; quality.

Mine heir from forth the beggars of the world, Refrangibility of the rays of light is their dis

And dispossess her all.

Sbakspeare's Timone position to be refracted, or turned out of their

In thee I hope; thy succours I invoke,

To win the crown whence I am dispossess'd; way, in passing out of one transparent body or inedium into another.


For like renown awaiteth on the stroke, 3. Tendency to any act or state.

To cast the haughty down, or raise th' oppress'd.

Fairfax. This argueth a great disposition to putrefac

The children went to Gilead, and took it, tion in the soil and air.

Disposition is when the power and ability of

and dispossessed the Amorite which was in it.

doing any thing is forward, and ready upou This inaccessible high strength, the seat
every occasion to break into action. Locke.
Bleeding is to be used or omitted according

Of Deity supreme, us dispossess’d,
He trusted to have seiz'd.

Milton. to the symptoms which affect the brain : it re

Restless Amata lay
lieves in any inflammatory disposition of the coat Fir'd with disdain for Turnus dispossest,
of the nerve.

Arbuthnot on Dict.

And the new nuptials of the Trojan guest. 4. Temper of mind.

I have suffered more for their sakes, more than the villanous inconstancy of man's disposi

2. It is generally used with of before the tion is able to bear,

thing taken away.

Sbaksp. · Lesser had been

Charles resolved, with a puissant army, to The thwartings of your disposition, if

pass over, and to dispossess the pirate of Tunis You had not shew'd them how you were dis

Knolles' History pos’d,

No pow'r shall dispossess
Ere they lack'd power to cross you. Shaksp.

My thoughts of that expected happiness,

Denham 5. Affection of kindness or ill will. I take myself to be as well informed as most

O fairest of all creatures, last and best men in the dispositions of each people towards


what heav'n made, how art thou dispossess'd the other.

Of all thy native glories!

Drydene Swift. 6. Predominant inclination.

Nothing can create more trouble to a 'man As they pinch one another by the disposition,

than to endeavour to dispossess him of this conhe cries out, no more.

Sbaksp. 3. Formerly with from.
The love we bear to our friends is generally
caused by our finding the same disposition in

They arrogate dominion undeserv'd
them which we feel in ourselves.

Over their brethren, and quite dispossess

Pope. 7. Alsortment ; adjustment of external

Concord and law of nature from the earth,

Miltor. circumstances : ; not used.

It will be found a work of no small difficulty I crave fit disposition for 'my wife,

to dispossess and throw out a vice from that heart, Due reference of place and exhibition,

whcre long possession begins to plead prescrip As levels with her breeding. Shaksp. Othello. tion. Dispoʻsitive. adj. [from dispose.] That Dispoʻsure. n. s. [from dispose.]

implies disposal of any property ; de Disposal ; government ; power ; nið.

The words of all judicial acts are written nar. In his disposure is the orb of earth,
ratively, vnless it be in sentences wherein dispo The throne of kings, and all of human birth.
sitive and enacting terms are made use of.

Ayliffe's Parergon. They quietly surrendered both it and then
Dispoʻsitively. adv. (from disposi-

1. In a dispositive manner.

Rosure of things, they do tacitly desire in them a 2. Respecting individuals ; distributively.

difformity from the primitive rule, and the idea

of that mind that formed all things best,
That axiom in philosophy, that the generation
of one thing is the corruption of another, al. 2. State; posture.

Brown's Vulgar Erreurs.

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selves to his disposure.

Sandys, Sardys' Journey


futation; conviction of errour or false.

They remained in a kind of warlike disposure, I need not offer any thing farther in support or perhaps little better.

Wotton. of one, or in disproof of the other. Rogers. Dispra'ise. 7. so [dis and praise.] To DISPRO'PERTY. v. a. [dis and proBlame ; censure ; dishonour.

perty.) To dispossess of any property. If I can do it

Dict. By aught that I can speak in his dispraise. DISPROPOʻRtion. n. s. [dis and proporShe shall not long continue love to him. Shaksp.

tion.] Unsuitableness in form or quanTo me reproach Rather belongs, distrust, and ail dispraise.

tity of one thing, or one part of the

Milton. same thing, to another ; want of symNething is here for tears, nothing to wail metry ; disparity. Or knock the breasts; no weakness; no con Not to affect many proposed matches tempt,

Of her own clime, complexion, and degree, Dispraise, or blame.

Milton's Agonistes. Whereto we see in all things nature tends: I need not raise

Foh! one may smell, in such, a will most rank, Trophies to thee from other men's dispraise. Foul disproportior; thoughts unnatural. Sbatsp.


Reasoning, I oft admire Looks fright not men: the general has seen How nature, wise and frugal, could commit Moors

Such disproportions; with superfluous hand With as bad faces; no dispraise to Bertran's. So many nobler bodies to create,

Dryden. Greater, so many fold, to this one use, Milton. If any writer shall do this paper so much ho Perhaps, from greatness, state and pride, Daur as to inscribe the title of it to others, the Thus surprised, she may fall; whole praise or dispraise of such a performance Sleep does disproportion hide,, will belong to some other author. Addison. And, death resembling, equals all. Waller. My faults will not be hid, and it is no dispraise

For their strength, to me that they will not : the clearness of one's The disproportion is so great, we cannot but mind is never better proved than in discovering Expect a fatal consequence. Denbom's Sophyo its own faults.

What did the liquid to th' assembly call, To Dispra'sse, v. a. (from the noun.]

To give their aid to form the pond'rous ball? To blame; to censure ; to condemn.

Firsi tell us, why did any come? next, why In praising Antony, l’ve disprais'd Cæsar.

In such a disproportion to the dry? Blackmore. Shakspeare.

That we are designed for a more exalted bapNo abuse, Ned, in the world; honest Ned,

piness than can be derived from the things of Rone: 1 dispraised him before the wicked, that

this life, we may infer from their vast disproporthe wicked might not fall in love with him; in

tion to the desires and capacities of our soul. which doing, I have done the part of a careful

Rogers. The criticks, while they like my wares, may Sbakspeare's Henry iv.

To DISPROPO'rtion. v. a. (from the

noun.) To mismatch; to join things diafraise my writing.

Spartaior. Dispra'Isér. n. š. [from dispraise.] A

unsuitable in quantity or forin; to join

unfitly. censurer ; one who blames. Dict. Dispra'sible. adj. (from dispraise.]

There sits deformity to mock my body,

To shape my legs of an unequal size, Unworthy of commendation. Dict. To disproportion me in every part.

Sbaksp. Dispral'singly. adv. [from dispraise.]

Distance and men's fears have so enlarged the

truth, and so disproportioned every thing, that Michael Cassio!

we have made the little troop of discontents a That came a wcoing with you; many a time,

gallant army, and already measured by the evene ing shadow

Suckling. sbakspeare's Othello.

Musick craveth your acquaintance: many are of such disproportioned spirits, that they avoid

Peacham. In this We on earth, with undiscording voice, word, and a few others, dis has the

May rightly answer that melodious noise; same force as in Latin composition,

As once we did, till disproportion'd sin and means different ways ; in different

Jarr'd against nature's chiine.

Milton. DISPROPOʻRTIONABLE. adj. (from dis

proportion.]' Unsuitable in form or

quantity; not duly regulated in regard Spenser.

to something else.

Doubts and tears are the sharpest passions : through these false opticks all that you see is like the evening shadows, disproportionable to the truth, and strangely longer than the true subo

Suckling. Spenser. Had the obliquity becn greater, the earth had

not been able to endure the disproportionaile differences of season,

Brown. We are apt to set too great a value on tempo

ral blessings, and have too low and disproportione Dict. able esteem of spiritual.

Smalridges There is no wine of so strong a body as to bear such a dispraportionable quantity of water as sixty parts.

Broome. 1 DISPROPO'RTIONABLENESS, n. s. [from

disproportionabla.] Unsuitableness to Atlerbury,

something else.


With blame; with censure.

Hith ta'en your part.

When ! have spoke of you dispraisingly,
Te Dispre’ad. v. a. (dis and spread.]
To spread different ways.,

her company.

directions. This word is poetical.

As morning sun her beams dispreaden clear,
And in her face fair cruth and inercy doth ap-

Over him, art, striving to compare
With naturc, did an arbour green dispread,
Framed of wanton ivy, flowing fair,
Through which the fragrant eglantine did spread
His pricking arms, entail'd with roses rcd.

Aboxe, below, around, with art dispread,
The sure inclosure folds the ger:ial bed. Pope.
Disproʻfit. n. s. [dis and profit.] Loss ;
damage; detriment.
DISPRO’of. n. s. [dis and proof.] Con-



His remark contains the grounds of his doctrine, and offers at somewhat towards the disa froof of mine


DISPROPOʻRTIONABLY. adv. [from dis. No leases of any part of the said lands shall proportion.] Unsuitably; not symme

ever be made, other than leases for years not trically.

exceeding thirty-one, in possession, and not in We have no reason to think much to sacrifice

reversion or remainder, and not dispunisbable of

Swift's Last Wil to God our dearest interests in this world if we

To DISPU'RSE. v. a. (dis and purse.] To consider how disproportionably great the reward

of our sufferings shall be in another. Tillotson. pay to disburse. It is not certain DISPROPOʻRTIONAL. adj. [from dispro that the following passage should not be portion.) Disproportionable; unsym

written disburse. metrical; unsuitable in quantity or

Many a pound of my own proper store, form to something else.

Because I would not tax the needy commons,

Have i dispursed to the garrisons, DISPROPOʻRTIONALLY. adv. [from dis And never ask'd for restitution. Sbaksp.

proportional.] Unsuitably with respect DISPU'TABLE. adj. (trom dispute.] to quantity or value.

1. Liable to contest; controvertible; that DISPROPOʻRTIONATE. adj. [from dis for which something may be alleged on proportion.] Unsymmetrical ; unsuit

opposite sides. able to something else in bulk, form, If they are not in themselves disputable, why or value.

are they so much disputed ?

South, None of our members are crooked or distort. 2. Lawful to be contested. ed, or disproportionate to the rest, either in ex Until any point is determined to be a law, it cess or defect.

Ray. remains disputable by every subject. Swift It is plain that men have agreed to a dispro- Di's PUTANT. n. s. [from dispute ; dispute portionate and unequal possession of the earth.

tans, Latin.] A controvertist; an ar

Locke. DISPROPOʻRTIONATELY. adv. [from

guer ; a reasoner. disproportionate.] Unsuitably; unsym.

Notwithstanding these learned disputants, it

was to the unscholastick statesman that the metricaiiy.

world owed their peace, defence, and liberties. DispropO'RTIONATENESS. n. s. (from

Locke. disproportionate.] Unsuitableness in Our disputants put me in mind of the skuttle bulk, form, or value.

fish, that, when he is unable to extricate himTo Dispro'vs. v. a. (dis and prove. ]

self, blackens all the water about him till he

becomes invisible. 1. To confute an assertion ; to convict of DISPUTANT. adj. Disputing ; engaged

Spectator. errour or falsehood.

in controversy. Not in use. This exposition they plainly disprove, and

Thou there wast found shew by manifest reason, that of David the words of David could not possibly be meant.

Among the gravest rabbies, disputant

On points and questions fitting Moses' chair. . Hooker.

Milton, This Westmoreland maintains, And Warwick shall disprove it.

Disputaʼtion, n. s. [from disputatio, The traitor's odious name

Latin.] I first return, and then disprove thy claim.

1. The skill of controversy ; argumenta

Dryden's Fables. tion. It is easier to affirm than to disprove. Holder. Consider what the learning of disputation is,

That false supposition I advanced in order to and how they are employed for the advantage of disprove it, and by that means to prove the truth themselves or others, whose business is only the Atterbury. vain ostentation of sounds.

Locke, We see the same assertions produced again, without notice of what hath been said to disprove

2. Controversy ; argumental contest.

Well do I find, by the wise knitting together them.

Swift. 2. To convict of a practice of errour.

of your answer, that any disputation 1 can

use is as much too weak as I unworthy,

Sidney. They behold those things disproved, disannul Till some admirable or unusual accident hapa led, and rejected, which use had made in a man pens, as it hath in some, to work the beginning ner natural.

Hooker. of a better alteration in the mind, disputation If God did not forbid all indifferent ceremo about the knowledge of God commonly, prenies, then our conformity with the church of vaileth little.

Hooker, Rome in some such is not hitherto as yet disproved, although papists were unto us as hea

DISPUTA’TIOUS. adj. [from dispute.] thens were unto Israel.


Inclined to dispute ; cavilling. 3. To disapprove; to disallow.

A man must be of a very disputatious temper; Some things are good, yet in so mean a degree

that enters into state controversies with any

of of goodness, that men are only not disproved, DISPUʻTATIVE. adj. [from dispute.] Dis

Addison, nor disallowed of God for them.

Hooker. DISPRO’VER. n. s. [from disprove.]

posed to debate ; argumentative. 1. One that disproves or confutes.

Perhaps this practice might not so easily be 2. One that blames; a censurer: if the

perverted, as to raise a cavilling, disputative, and following passage be not ill printed for TO DISPUŠTE. V. n. (disputo, Latin.]

sceptical temper in the minds of youth. Watts, disapprover.

To contend by argument; to alterThe single example that our annals have yielded of two extremes, within so short time,

cate ; to debate ; to argue; to con: by most of the same commenders and disprovers,

trovert. would require no slight memorial.


If attempts of the pen have often proved un

ft, those of the sword are more so, and figbeing DISPU’NISHABLE. adi [dis and puniskabl.] Without penal restraint,

is a worse expedient than disputing.

Þecay of Piety:


of my doctrine.

the fair sex.

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I shall do so;

The atheist can pretend no obligation of con- To DISQUA’NTITY. v. a. (dis and quanscience, why he should dispute against religion.

tity. To lessen ; to diminish. Not Tillotson.

used. Did not Paul and Barnabas dispute with vehe

Bé entreated mence about a very little point of conveniency?


Of fifty .o disquantity your train;

And the remainders, that shall still depend, To Dispu'te, v.a.

To be such men as may besought your age. 1. To contend for, whether by words or

Sbakspeare, action. Things were disputed before they came to be DisquľET. n. s. (dis and quiet.] Uneasi

ness; restlessness; want of tranquillity; determined: men afterwards were not to dispute any longer, but to obey.


vexation; disturbance; anxiety. So dispute the prize,

He that, upon a true principle, lives without As if you fought before Cydaria's eyes.

any disquiet of thought, may be said to be Dryden. happy.

L'Estrange One says the kingdom is his own: a Saxon

If we give way to our passions, we do but drinks the quart, and swears he'll dispute that

gratify ourselves for the present, in order to our with him.

Tillotson. Tatler.

tuture disquiet. 2. To question ; to reason about.

I had rather live in Ireland than under the Now I am sent, and am not to dispute

frequent disquicts of hearing you are out of My prince's orders, but to execute.


Swift. Dryden. 3. To discuss; to think on. Not in use.

Disqui'et. adj. Unquiet; uneasy ; reste Dispute it like a man.


I pray you, husband, be not so disquiet; But I must also feel it as a man. Sbaksp. The meat was well if you were so content. Dispu'te. n. s. [from the verb.] Con

Sbakspeare. test; controversy; argumental conten- To Disquiet. v. a. [from the noun.] tion.

Todisturb; to make'uneasy; to harass ; The question being about a fact, it is begging to vex; to fret; to deprive of tran. it , to bring as a proof an hypothesis which is the very thing in dispute.


The earth is now placed so conveniently, that

The proud Roman him disquieted. F.Queen. plants thrive and flourish in it, and animals live:

Why art thou so vexed, O‘my soul? and why this is matter of fact, and beyond all dispute.

art thou so disquicted within me? Psalms.

By anger and impatience the mind is disquieted,
DISPU'TELESS. adj. [from dispute.) Un-
Bentley. and is not able easily to compose itself to prayer.

Duppan disputed; uncontrovertible.

Dict. Thou, happy creature, art secure
Dispu’TER. 1. s. [from dispute.] A con.

From all the forments we endure !
trovertist; one given to argument and

Despair, ambition, jealousy,

Lost friends, nor love, disquiets thee. Roscom
Both were vehement disputers against the Disgui'eter. n. s. [from disquiet.] A

Stilling fleet.
Those conclusions have generally obtained, Disquietly. adv., (from disquiet. )

disturber ; a harasser.
themselves, till with labour they had "stifled

even by disputers Without rest; anxiously; uneasily i

without calmness. DISQUALIFICA’TION. n. s. [from dis


Treachery, and all ruinous disorders, follow qualify.] That which disqualifies; that

us disquietly to our graves.

Shaksp. He rested disquietly that night; but in the

morning I found him calm. Wiseman It is recorded as a sufficient disqualification of Disqui'erness. n. s. [from disquiet.} a wife, that, speaking of her husband, she said,

Uneasiness ; restlessness; anxiety; disa Spectator. turbance.

All otherwise, said he, I riches rede,

And deern them root of all disquietness. persons as shall confer benefices on un

Fairy Queen. worthy and disqualified persons, after a notice

Arius won to himself both followers and great defenders; whereupon much disquietness ensued.

Hooler erine of the power of presenting unto such Disguisetude. n.s. (from disquiet.] Un: Ayliffe's Parergon.

easiness; anxiety; distus bance; want of tranquillity.

Little happiness attends a great character,

and to a multitude of disquietudes the desire of it Swift.

subjects an ambitious mind. Addison's Spect.

"Tis the best preservative from all those teme Swift.

poral fears and disquietudes, which corrupt the enjoyment, and embitter the lives, of men.

Rogers, DISQUISITION. n. s. [disquisitio, Latin.)

Examination ; disputative inquiry.

God hath reserved inany things to his own resolution, whose determinations we cannot hope

from flesh: but with reverence must suspend Swift, ulito dias great day, whose justice shall either

heathen idolatry.
and have been acknowledged

their convictions.

which makes unfit.

God forgive him To DisguA'LIFY. v. a. (dis and qualify.] 1. To make unfit ; to disable by some natural or legal impediment. Such

tive noun.



7. It has commonly for before the objec

I know no employment for which piety disMy common illness utterly disqualifies me for all conversation;

I mean my deafness. 3. To deprive of a right or claim by

some positive restriction ; to disable ; to except from any grant. Swift has from. The church of England iç the only body of christians which disqualifies those, who are employed to preach its doctrine, from sharing in the civil power, farther than as senators,

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