from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. Transfer or relinquishment to the care or possession of another
  • n. Final decision or settlement
  • n. The destination of a patient after medical treatment such as surgery
  • n. The set of choirs of strings on a harpsichord
  • v. To remove or place in a different position.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English disposicioun, from Old French disposition, from Latin dispositiō, dispositiōn-, from dispositus, past participle of dispōnere, to dispose; see dispose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin disposition-, dispositio, from disponere.



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  • In a hospital, the patient's disposition is where they go after this. To home? Nursing home? Rehab? They gots to go somewhere.

    Usually doctors are careful to use the word disposition as the verb form, to avoid saying that they are disposing the patient.

    January 30, 2008