- 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 dispositional
But since Conor focuses more on the positive attributes of “dispositional” religion, I want to give most of my attention to that.The Illusory Promise of Apolitical Theology
June 2, 2012
Olsen divides GOP primary voters into two camps—“dispositional conservatives” and “ideological conservatives.”Rick's Still Beating Mitt
September 23, 2011
The one etiological group then becomes split up into two which may be designated as the dispositional and the definitive groups.Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex
- 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 dispositional
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."