[ dis-puh-zish-uh-nl ]


  1. of or relating to a natural and characteristic mental or emotional outlook or mood:

    These results provide a framework for understanding the mechanisms that underlie chronic worry and dispositional anxiety.

  2. of or relating to a natural tendency, whether of a person or a thing, toward a particular condition or action:

    She shows a dispositional preference for order and predictability.

    Two classic examples of the dispositional properties of objects are that vases are fragile and sugar cubes are soluble.

  3. of or relating to the final settlement of a matter:

    The judge in this case has a wide range of dispositional options available to fulfill the rehabilitative goals of the Code of Juvenile Justice.

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Since then, researchers have delved deeply into the situational factors that are thought to facilitate bystander apathy, but little research has been conducted regarding the impact of dispositional factors.

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Memorials remained around the statue’s base, but the state’s Department of General Services said if the Lee statue comes down, those items will be removed and stored “until a decision is made as to their disposition.”

But since Conor focuses more on the positive attributes of “dispositional” religion, I want to give most of my attention to that.

Olsen divides GOP primary voters into two camps—“dispositional conservatives” and “ideological conservatives.”

The one etiological group then becomes split up into two which may be designated as the dispositional and the definitive groups.


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