American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One's usual mood; temperament: a sweet disposition.
- n. A habitual inclination; a tendency: a disposition to disagree.
- n. A physical property or tendency: a swelling with a disposition to rupture.
- n. Arrangement, positioning, or distribution: a cheerful disposition of colors and textures; a convoy oriented into a north-south disposition.
- n. A final settlement: disposition of the deceased's property.
- n. An act of disposing; a bestowal or transfer to another.
- n. The power or liberty to control, direct, or dispose.
- n. Management; control.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A setting in order; a disposing, placing, or arranging; arrangement of parts; distribution: as, the disposition of the infantry and cavalry of an army; the disposition of the trees in an orchard; the disposition of the several parts of an edifice, or of figures in painting; the disposition of tones in a chord, or of parts in a score.
- n. Disposal; plan or arrangement for the disposal, distribution, or alienation of something; definite settlement with regard to some matter; ultimate destination: as, he has made a good disposition of his property; what disposition do you intend to make of this picture?
- n. In architecture, the arrangement of the whole design by means of ichnography (plan), orthography (section and elevation), and scenography (perspective view). It differs from distribution, which signifies the particular arrangement of the internal parts of a building.
- n. Guidance; control; order; command; decree: as, the dispositions of the statute.
- n. Aptitude; inclination; tendency; readiness to take on any character or habit: said of things animate or inanimate, but especially of an emotional tendency or mood.
- n. Natural tendency or constitution of the mind; intellectual and moral bent; innate temper: as, an amiable or an irritable disposition.
- n. In Scots law, a unilateral deed of alienation, by which a right to property, especially heritable property, is conveyed.
- n. Health; bodily well-being.
- n. Maintenance; allowance.
- n. Synonyms and
- n. Adjustment, regulation, bestowment, classification, grouping, ordering.
- n. 5 and Inclination, Tendency, etc. See bent.
- n. Specifically, in organ-building: the plan or specification in accordance with which the whole instrument is built
- n. the arrangement of the visible parts of the instrument, as of the display-pipes, the case, the desk or console, the stops, etc.
- n. The arrangement or placement of certain things
- n. Tendency or inclination under given circumstances
- n. Temperamental makeup or habitual mood
- n. Control over something
- n. law Transfer or relinquishment to the care or possession of another
- n. law Final decision or settlement
- n. medicine The destination of a patient after medical treatment such as surgery
- n. music The set of choirs of strings on a harpsichord
- v. To remove or place in a different position.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of disposing, arranging, ordering, regulating, or transferring; application; disposal.
- n. The state or the manner of being disposed or arranged; distribution; arrangement; order.
- n. Tendency to any action or state resulting from natural constitution; nature; quality.
- n. Conscious inclination; propension or propensity.
- n. Natural or prevailing spirit, or temperament of mind, especially as shown in intercourse with one's fellow-men; temper of mind.
- n. Mood; humor.
- n. an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
- n. a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing
- n. your usual mood
- n. the act or means of getting rid of something
- Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin disposition-, dispositio, from disponere. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English disposicioun, from Old French disposition, from Latin dispositiō, dispositiōn-, from dispositus, past participle of dispōnere, to dispose; see dispose. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As filmmakers, the disposition is a lot more mature.”
“This disposition is awfully fearful in any community; and that it now exists in ours, though grating to our feelings to admit, it would be a violation of truth, and an insult to our intelligence, to deny.”
“Natalie had left what they call a disposition behind her.”
“Towards men this disposition is the opposite of high-mindedness, and a quarrelsome and revengeful spirit; it "rather takes wrong, and suffers itself to be defrauded" (1Co 6: 7); it "avenges not itself, but rather gives place unto wrath" (Ro 12: 19); like the meek One, "when reviled, it reviles not again; when it suffers, it threatens not: but commits itself to Him that judgeth righteously" (1Pe 2: 19-22).”
“His unkempt hair looks natural and his rosy-cheeked disposition is not at all off-putting.”
“We seek income because we want income, to dispose of as we see fit, and only part of that disposition is what is conventionally, and somewhat artificially, called consumption.”
“In Texas justice and municipal courts, where deferred disposition is used for traffic and minor misdemeanors, the burden is on the defendant to demonstrate compliance with the conditions, and he gets a hearing to do so.”
“A tragic character of Mahabharata, her fearless life and strong disposition is very relevant to the contemporary socio-political context.”
“The fees collected from the nuclear industry are legally mandated and reviewed every year, and will pay the cost of the eventual, long-term disposition of the materials with alternatives to Yucca Mountain," said Stephanie Mueller, a spokeswoman for the Energy Department.”
“It's not that our disposition is uncertain as that it's complex, conflicted, and so we reserve judgement.”
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