[ dis-puh-zish-uhn ]
/ ˌdɪs pəˈzɪʃ ən /
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Origin of disposition

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English disposicioun, from Anglo-French or directly from Latin dispositiōn- (stem of dispositiō ), equivalent to disposit(us) (past participle of dispōnere “to distribute”; dispos- (see dispose) + -itus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion

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1. Disposition, temper, temperament refer to the aspects and habits of mind and emotion that one displays over a length of time. Disposition is the natural or prevailing aspect of one's mind as shown in behavior and in relationships with others: a happy disposition; a selfish disposition. Temper sometimes denotes the essential quality of one's nature: a glacial temper; usually it has to do with propensity toward anger: an even temper; a quick or hot temper. Temperament refers to the particular balance of emotions determining a person's character: an artistic temperament.

OTHER WORDS FROM disposition

dis·po·si·tion·al, adjectivere·dis·po·si·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for disposition

/ (ˌdɪspəˈzɪʃən) /

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 struckCompare occurrent
archaic manner of placing or arranging

Derived forms of disposition

dispositional, adjective
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