What does disposition mean?

Definitions for disposition
ˌdɪs pəˈzɪʃ əndis·po·si·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disposition, temperament(noun)

    your usual mood

    "he has a happy disposition"

  2. disposal, disposition(noun)

    the act or means of getting rid of something

  3. inclination, disposition, tendency(noun)

    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"

  4. disposition(noun)

    a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing

    "a swelling with a disposition to rupture"


  1. disposition(Noun)

    The arrangement or placement of certain things

    The scouts reported on the disposition of the enemy troops.

  2. disposition(Noun)

    Tendency or inclination under given circumstances

  3. disposition(Noun)

    Temperamental makeup or habitual mood

  4. disposition(Noun)

    Control over something

    You will have full disposition of these funds.

  5. disposition(Noun)

    Transfer or relinquishment to the care or possession of another

    The court ordered the disposition of all assets.

  6. disposition(Noun)

    Final decision or settlement

    The disposition of the case will be announced tomorrow.

  7. disposition(Noun)

    The destination of a patient after medical treatment such as surgery

    The patient was given a disposition for outpatient care.

  8. disposition(Noun)

    The set of choirs of strings on a harpsichord

    This small harpsichord has a 1 x 4' disposition.

  9. disposition(Verb)

    To remove or place in a different position.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disposition(noun)

    the act of disposing, arranging, ordering, regulating, or transferring; application; disposal; as, the disposition of a man's property by will

  2. Disposition(noun)

    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. Disposition(noun)

    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. Disposition(noun)

    conscious inclination; propension or propensity

  5. Disposition(noun)

    natural or prevailing spirit, or temperament of mind, especially as shown in intercourse with one's fellow-men; temper of mind

  6. Disposition(noun)

    mood; humor


  1. Disposition

    A disposition is a habit, a preparation, a state of readiness, or a tendency to act in a specified way. The terms dispositional belief and occurrent belief refer, in the former case, to a belief that is held in the mind but not currently being considered, and in the latter case, to a belief that is currently being considered by the mind. In Bourdieu's theory of fields dispositions are the natural tendencies of each individual to take on a certain position in any field. There is no strict determinism through one's dispositions. In fact, the habitus is the choice of positions according to one's dispositions. However, in retrospect a space of possibles can always be observed. A disposition is not a process or event in some duration in time, but rather the state, preparation, or tendency of a structure "in waiting". In the field of possibilities its actual triggering has a statistical value.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Disposition

    dis-po-zish′un, n. arrangement: plan for disposing one's property, &c.: natural tendency: temper: (N.T.) ministration: (Scots law) a giving over to another = conveyance or assignment in Eng. phraseology—often 'disposition and settlement,' a deed for the disposal of a man's property at his death.—adjs. Disposi′tional; Disposi′tioned; Dispos′itive.—adv. Dispos′itively.—ns. Dispos′itor, a planet that disposes or controls another; Dispō′sure (obs.), disposal, arrangement: disposition. [Fr.,—L., from dis, apart, ponĕre, to place.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. disposition

    1. Distribution of the elements of a command within an area; usually the exact location of each unit headquarters and the deployment of the forces subordinate to it. 2. A prescribed arrangement of the stations to be occupied by the several formations and single ships of a fleet, or major subdivisions of a fleet, for any purpose, such as cruising, approach, maintaining contact, or battle. 3. A prescribed arrangement of all the tactical units composing a flight or group of aircraft. See also deployment; dispersion. 4. (DOD only) The removal of a patient from a medical treatment facility by reason of return to duty, transfer to another treatment facility, death, or other termination of medical case.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. disposition

    A draught representing the several timbers that compose a ship's frame properly disposed with respect to ports and other parts. Also, the arrangement of a ship's company for watches, quarters, reefing, furling, and other duties. In a military sense it means the placing of a body of troops upon the most advantageous ground.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. disposition

    In a general sense, is the just placing of an army or body of men upon the most advantageous ground, and in the strongest situation, for a vigorous attack or defense.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disposition in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disposition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of disposition in a Sentence

  1. David Camic:

    He got the best disposition that was available given the constraints of Illinois law.

  2. Plato:

    He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.

  3. Edmund Burke:

    But a good patriot, and a true politician, always considers how he shall make the most of the existing materials of his country. A disposition, to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman. Everything else is vulgar in the conception, perilous in the execution.

  4. Edmund Burke:

    A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.

  5. Baruch Spinoza:

    Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.

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  • ترتيبArabic
  • разоложение, разставяне, характер, склонност, нрав, предразположениеBulgarian
  • náchylnostCzech
  • Anordnung, Geistesart, Veranlagung, Neigung, Gemütsstimmung, Hang, Gemütsart, Gesinnung, Gliederung, EinteilungGerman
  • κλίση, διάταξη, διευθέτηση, ρύθμιση, ροπή, διάθεση, τάσηGreek
  • carácter, temperamento, inclinación, disposiciónSpanish
  • disposition, tempéramentFrench
  • méinIrish
  • nàdarScottish Gaelic
  • स्वभावHindi
  • diszpozícióHungarian
  • watakIndonesian
  • disposizioneItalian
  • מHebrew
  • 配置Japanese
  • Korean
  • gezindheidDutch
  • dispoziție, dispozitiv, înclinațieRomanian
  • расстановка, темперамент, расположение, нрав, размещение, склонность, характер, предрасположениеRussian
  • eğilimTurkish
  • فطرتUrdu
  • bố tríVietnamese
  • 性格Chinese
  • inhliziyoZulu

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