the predominant or prevailing tendency of one's spirits; natural mental and emotional outlook or mood; characteristic attitude: I'd like to thank the general manager for his hospitality, kindness, and always cheerful 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: Strategists came to the conference with divergent views regarding the best disposition of Allied forces.
final settlement of a matter, especially of a legal matter:The accused was detained for seven months while awaiting disposition of his case.In the event that we receive a formal complaint, we reserve the right to suspend service pending final disposition of the matter.
bestowal or transfer of care or ownership, as by a gift, sale, or bequest:The patient expressed her intentions regarding the disposition of certain pieces of her property upon her death, including the farm scene painting.
the disposal or discarding of something, or the power to make decisions about use or disposal: The final decision on the disposition of the deceased's body or remains belongs with the family.
- dis·po·si·tion·al, adjective
- re·dis·po·si·tion, noun
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How to use disposition in a sentence
These interactions have shaped everything about llamas, from the length and color of their wool to their dispositions and reproductive habits.Llamas Are Having A Moment In The US, But They’ve Been Icons In South America For Millennia | LGBTQ-Editor | December 19, 2020 | No Straight News
In “Far From Home,” Scott Gurian, a former public radio reporter, roams the earth with his recording equipment, passport and unflappable disposition — he rarely gets rattled, even when his radiator tank springs a leak in Iran.With travel podcasts, explore the world through your ear buds | Andrea Sachs | December 11, 2020 | Washington Post
He brought the friendly, self-effacing, and easygoing disposition of a native Californian and little more.Wall Street culture clash: When Coinbase met Cantor Fitzgerald | Jeff | December 3, 2020 | Fortune
This form of disposition has been proven to destroy coronaviruses by heat in a really relatively short period of time.
Emergencies can prop up at any moment, requiring a very calm disposition even when your life and your crewmates’ lives are at stake.When will we see ordinary people going into space? | Neel Patel | September 9, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Unfortunately, his cheerful disposition only gets him so far.
So far, neither America nor Europe has shown much disposition to bear the inevitable costs of inflicting pain on Russia.
His moving speeches and dynamic disposition make this an accurate and engaging Civil War piece.From ‘Mars Attacks!’ to ‘White House Down’: Watch the Best and Worst Fictional Presidents From TV and Film | Mike Munoz | February 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I'm expecting his charming disposition to crack and become littered with trash talk, but I'm wrong.
Wearing a headscarf and a relaxed disposition, Nadda looked barely old enough to be in college.
There are some folk in this country, you know, who manifest a very retiring disposition at times.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
Not only do children thus of themselves extend the scope of our commands, they show a disposition to make rules for themselves.Children's Ways | James Sully
Their discipline is admirable, but their natural disposition is likewise quiet and inoffensive.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
His disposition was to trust those around him, and his generous confidence was usually justified.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
Two duties at least are, therefore, obligatory on him then;—to seek a disposition willingly to vow, and then to make the vow.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
British Dictionary definitions for disposition
a person's usual temperament or frame of mind
a natural or acquired tendency, inclination, or habit in a person or thing
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 struck: Compare occurrent
archaic manner of placing or arranging
- dispositional, adjective
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