Definitions for: Disposition


[n] the act or means of getting rid of something
[n] your usual mood; "he has a happy disposition"
[n] a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing; "a swelling with a disposition to rupture"
[n] an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others; "he had an inclination to give up too easily"; "a tendency to be too strict"



Webster (1913) Definition: Dis`po*si"tion, n. [F. disposition, dispositio,
fr. disponere to dispose; dis- + ponere to place. See
Position, and cf. Dispone.]
1. The act of disposing, arranging, ordering, regulating, or
transferring; application; disposal; as, the disposition
of a man's property by will.

Who have received the law by the disposition of
angels. --Acts vii.
53.

The disposition of the work, to put all things in a
beautiful order and harmony, that the whole may be
of a piece. --Dryden.

2. The state or the manner of being disposed or arranged;
distribution; arrangement; order; as, the disposition of
the trees in an orchard; the disposition of the several
parts of an edifice.

3. Tendency to any action or state resulting from natural
constitution; nature; quality; as, a disposition in plants
to grow in a direction upward; a disposition in bodies to
putrefaction.

4. Conscious inclination; propension or propensity.

How stands your disposition to be married? --Shak.

5. Natural or prevailing spirit, or temperament of mind,
especially as shown in intercourse with one's fellow-men;
temper of mind. ``A man of turbulent disposition.''
--Hallam. ``He is of a very melancholy disposition.''
--Shak.

His disposition led him to do things agreeable to
his quality and condition wherein God had placed
him. --Strype.

6. Mood; humor.

As I perchance hereafter shall think meet To put an
antic disposition on. --Shak.

Syn: Disposal; adjustment; regulation; arrangement;
distribution; order; method; adaptation; inclination;
propensity; bestowment; alienation; character; temper;
mood. -- Disposition, Character, Temper.
Disposition is the natural humor of a person, the
predominating quality of his character, the
constitutional habit of his mind. Character is this
disposition influenced by motive, training, and will.
Temper is a quality of the fiber of character, and is
displayed chiefly when the emotions, especially the
passions, are aroused.

Synonyms: disposal, inclination, temperament, tendency

See Also: abandonment, agreeability, agreeableness, aloneness, animalism, appointment, aptness, attitude, bent, blood, Call, calm, calmness, cheer, cheerfulness, comb-out, composure, deed, devices, direction, disagreeableness, disapproval, discomposure, disfavor, disfavour, dislike, drift, effort, equanimity, esprit de corps, exploit, favor, favoritism, favour, favouritism, feat, friendliness, giving, good nature, heart, ill nature, impartiality, inclination, leaning, lending, literalism, loaning, loneliness, lonesomeness, mental attitude, mine disposal, moodiness, morale, mordacity, movement, nature, nervousness, nonpartisanship, optimism, partiality, partisanship, perfectionism, permissiveness, perseveration, pessimism, physicality, predisposition, predisposition, proclivity, proneness, propensity, propensity, property, set, sewage disposal, solitariness, solitude, spirit, sympathy, team spirit, tendency, tolerance, trend, uncheerfulness, understanding, unfriendliness, unpermissiveness, unsociability, unsociableness, unwillingness, willingness

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