Can theses prepositions be used in all situations interchangeably or each preposition has to be used in a specific situation?

for example :

He is disappointed with/ at/ in/ by/about his doughter. or He is disappointed in his doughter is only possible.

Thanks in advance!
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He's disappointed with his daughter.


This is an abstract from Longman Contemporary Dictionary and I think it's clear enough:


unhappy because something you hoped for did not happen, or because someone or something was not as good as you expected:

E.g:Dad seemed more disappointed than angry. disappointed customers

Disappointed at/with/about

E.g:Local residents were disappointed with the decision.

disappointed (that)

E.g: I was disappointed that we played so well yet still lost.

disappointed in

E.g: I’m very disappointed in you.

disappointed to hear/see/find etc

E.g: Visitors were disappointed to find the museum closed.

Hope these help,

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Thank for your replies.

The problem is that a dictionary gives only examples as you quoted.

I still don't know if all these pronouns for "disappointed" can be used interchangeably in all cases or each pronoun has to be used in a specyfic situation.
for example:

They are disappointed at the result. Can I use with, in, by, about here?
Are there any rules?
They are disappointed at the result. Can I use with, in, by, about here?- All sound reasonable to me except perhaps 'in'. There are no rules, really, beyond what Iman has posted. It is more a matter of collocation.

PS: One very relevant quote from the M-W Dictionary of English Usage:

"When disappointed is used with a preposition in contemporary writing, it may take any one of several prepositions: about, at, by, in, over or with. At one time, disappointed of was common, but during the 20th century, disappointed in has become the most prevalent usage."
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Thank you very much Mr Micawber.

I'm asking because in Polish usually there is one option. You can use sometimes a different preposition but usually the meaning of the sentence also changes a little. Is the same in English?
Sometimes, but not here.
Which is correct: I am so disappointed at you or I am so disappointed in you
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