- the predominant or prevailing tendency of one's spirits; natural mental and emotional outlook or mood; characteristic attitude: a girl with a pleasant disposition.
- state of mind regarding something; inclination: a disposition to gamble.
- physical inclination or tendency: the disposition of ice to melt when heated.
- arrangement or placing, as of troops or buildings.
- final settlement of a matter.
- bestowal, as by gift or sale.
- power to make decisions about or dispose of a thing; control: funds at one's disposition.
- regulation; management; dispensation: the disposition of God.
Origin of disposition
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Examples from the Web for disposition
The first is conscientiousness, which entails a disposition to be diligent, organized, and responsible.How to Live Forever
July 29, 2009
Twin and adoption studies have revealed that a disposition toward suicidal behavior is partially heritable.Is There a Suicide Gene?
March 24, 2009
He had evinced not the least sign of any disposition even to criticise.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It has doubly convinced me of the excellency of your mind, and of the honour of your disposition.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
At the edge of the camp he paused to take in its disposition.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The disposition to walk swiftly, which before had been a controlling thing, was gone.In the Valley
Knowing what human nature is, we cannot wonder at this disposition, culpable as it was.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
- a person's usual temperament or frame of mind
- a natural or acquired tendency, inclination, or habit in a person or thing
- another word for disposal (def. 2), disposal (def. 3), disposal (def. 4), disposal (def. 5)
- philosophy logic a property that consists not in the present state of an object, but in its propensity to change in a certain way under certain conditions, as brittleness which consists in the propensity to break when struckCompare occurrent
- archaic manner of placing or arranging
Word Origin and History for disposition
late 14c., "ordering, management," also "tendency of mind," from Old French disposicion (12c.) "arrangement, order; mood, state of mind," from Latin dispositionem (nominative dispositio) "arrangement, management," noun of action from past participle stem of disponere "to put in order, arrange" (see dispose). References to "temperament" (late 14c. in English) are from astrological use of the word for "position of a planet as a determining influence."