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Quick Summary

The Latin root pos means “put.” This Latin root is the word origin of a large number of English vocabulary words, including compose and expose. The root pos is easily recalled via the word dispose, for when you dispose of something you “put” it away, hopefully into a recycling or compost bin.

An Exposure to "Pos"

The Latin root pos means “put.” Today we will put together a short composition to expose you to a number of English vocabulary words with pos in them!

When Mozart or Beethoven composed a symphony, they “put” its notes together. While performing it, they had to exhibit a great deal of composure, remaining psychologically “put” together so as not to fall apart during the performance. If they did lose their cool, there may have been no subsequent proposals or offers “put” forth for future concerts, perhaps causing the discomposure of the musicians, a state in which they would lose their confidence, being no longer mentally “put” together! This upset could lead to an early death, which would move them from the active aspects of composing to the passive condition of decomposing, that is, their bodies becoming no longer “put” together but rather literally falling apart!

Because responsible citizens don’t want to expose planet Earth to their trash, or “put” it out there, they dispose of their disposables by “putting” them away into a disposal bin. Imagine a future ruler who proposes or “puts” forth the idea of having to produce only recyclable or reusable packaging for products. Hopefully she would not be deposed or “put” from her position, nor experience a great deal of opposition, or ideas “put” against hers, but rather be imposed or “put” upon to make even tougher environmentally friendly suggestions! Imagine her not opposing these more stringent regulations, that is, not “putting” herself against them, but rather juxtaposing or “putting” her own rules next to the new ones so as to make planet Earth as healthy as possible. Do you think we will ever see a leader be predisposed to doing just that, “putting” ideas of that ilk before all others?

I suppose that we have now had plenty of examples of words containing the root pos. No longer will you be indisposed while encountering such words, but rather will be predisposed to encountering even more!

  1. composition: the act of “putting” together
  2. compose: “put” together
  3. composure: remaining mentally “put” together during a trying situation
  4. proposal: a “putting” forth of an offer to perform work of some kind
  5. discomposure: not remaining mentally “put” together, hence being upset
  6. decompose: falling away from being “put” together
  7. expose: to “put” out
  8. dispose: to “put” away
  9. disposable: that which is able to be “put” away
  10. disposal: of “putting” away
  11. propose: “put” forth an idea
  12. depose: to “put” from office
  13. opposition: the act of “putting” against
  14. impose: “put” upon
  15. opposing: “putting” oneself against
  16. juxtapose: “put” next to
  17. predispose: to “put” one idea before another
  18. suppose: to “put” under
  19. indisposed: not having been “put” into a good place by an idea, hence being averse to it
  20. predisposed: having “put” one idea before another


  • superimpose

    If two things are superimposed, one is stacked over the other so that both become one.

  • transpose

    If you transpose two things, you make them change places or reverse their normal order.

  • interpose

    When you interpose, you interrupt or interfere in some fashion.

  • predispose

    If someone is predisposed to something, they are made favorable or inclined to it in advance, or they are made susceptible to something, such as a disease.

  • propose

    When you propose something, you offer an idea or suggestion in the hope that it is accepted.

  • disposed

    When you are disposed towards a particular action or thing, you are inclined or partial towards it.

  • composure

    When someone exhibits composure, they remain calm—even in difficult times or conditions.

  • compose

    form the substance of

  • composed

    serenely self-possessed and free from agitation especially in times of stress

  • decompose

    separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts

  • depose

    force to leave (an office)

  • discomposed

    having your composure disturbed

  • discomposure

    anxious embarrassment

  • disposal

    the power to use something or someone

  • dispose

    give, sell, or transfer to another

  • expose

    expose or make accessible to some action or influence

  • exposure

    vulnerability to the elements

  • impose

    compel to behave in a certain way

  • imposing

    impressive in appearance

  • indispose

    make unwilling

  • indisposed

    somewhat ill or prone to illness

  • juxtapose

    place side by side

  • oppose

    be against

  • predisposed

    made susceptible

  • presuppose

    take for granted or as a given

  • proposal

    something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)

  • superimposed

    placed on or over something else

  • suppose

    express a supposition

  • supposedly

    believed or reputed to be the case

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