What does disposition mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disposition, temperamentnoun

    your usual mood

    "he has a happy disposition"

  2. disposal, dispositionnoun

    the act or means of getting rid of something

  3. inclination, disposition, tendencynoun

    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. dispositionnoun

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

    "a swelling with a disposition to rupture"


  1. dispositionnoun

    The arrangement or placement of certain things

    The scouts reported on the disposition of the enemy troops.

  2. dispositionnoun

    Tendency or inclination under given circumstances

  3. dispositionnoun

    Temperamental makeup or habitual mood

  4. dispositionnoun

    Control over something

    You will have full disposition of these funds.

  5. dispositionnoun

    Transfer or relinquishment to the care or possession of another

    The court ordered the disposition of all assets.

  6. dispositionnoun

    Final decision or settlement

    The disposition of the case will be announced tomorrow.

  7. dispositionnoun

    The destination of a patient after medical treatment such as surgery

    The patient was given a disposition for outpatient care.

  8. dispositionnoun

    The set of choirs of strings on a harpsichord

    This small harpsichord has a 1 x 4' disposition.

  9. dispositionverb

    To remove or place in a different position.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dispositionnoun

    Etymology: from dispositio, Latin.

    Touching musical harmony, whether by instrument or voice, it being of high and low, in due proportionable disposition, such notwithstanding is the force thereof, and so very pleasing effects it hath, in that very part of man, which is most divine, that some have been thereby induced to think, that the soul itself by nature is, or hath in it harmony. Richard Hooker.

    Under this head of invention is placed the disposition of the work, to put all things in a beautiful order and harmony, that the whole may be of a piece. John Dryden, Dufresnoy, Preface.

    I ask whether the connection of the extremes be not more clearly seen, in this simple and natural disposition, than in the perplexed repetitions and jumble of five or six syllogisms. John Locke.

    Refrangibility of the rays of light is their disposition to be refracted, or turned out of their way, in passing out of one transparent body or medium into another. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    This argueth a great disposition to putrefaction in the soil and air. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 69.

    Bleeding is to be used or omitted according to the symptoms which affect the brain: it relieves in any inflammatory disposition of the coat of the nerve. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.

    I have suffered more for their sakes, more than the villanous inconstancy of man’s disposition is able to bear. William Shakespeare.

    Lesser had been
    The thwartings of your disposition, if
    You had not shew’d them how you were dispos’d,
    ’Ere they lack’d power to cross you. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    I take myself to be as well informed as most men in the dispositions of each people towards the other. Jonathan Swift.

    As they pinch one another by the disposition, he cries out, no more. William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra.

    Disposition is when the power and ability of doing any thing is forward, and ready upon every occasion to break into action. John Locke.

    The love we bear to our friends is generally caused by our finding the same disposition in them which we feel in ourselves. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dispositionnoun

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

  2. Dispositionnoun

    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. Dispositionnoun

    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. Dispositionnoun

    conscious inclination; propension or propensity

  5. Dispositionnoun

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

  6. Dispositionnoun

    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. Samuel Paparo:

    The consolidated disposition authority will review the evidence and make an independent determination on accountability consistent with the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

  2. Edmund Burke:

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

  3. Frank Riccio II:

    While this disposition does not replace that which the boys lost, it does send a powerful message that lying about a serious incident carries serious consequences.

  4. Phil Murphy:

    We can and must do better, a Criminal Sentencing and Disposition Commission can undertake the important review of our sentencing laws and recommend reforms necessary to ensure a stronger, fairer and more just state.

  5. George F. Will:

    We know next to nothing about virtually everything. It is not necessary to know the origin of the universe; it is necessary to want to know. Civilization depends not on any particular knowledge, but on the disposition to crave knowledge.

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Translations for disposition

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  • ترتيبArabic
  • разоложение, характер, склонност, разставяне, нрав, предразположениеBulgarian
  • náchylnostCzech
  • Einteilung, Veranlagung, Gesinnung, Neigung, Gemütsstimmung, Gemütsart, Hang, Anordnung, Geistesart, GliederungGerman
  • διάθεση, ρύθμιση, διευθέτηση, ροπή, τάση, διάταξη, κλίσηGreek
  • inclinación, disposición, temperamento, carácterSpanish
  • tempérament, dispositionFrench
  • méinIrish
  • nàdarScottish Gaelic
  • स्वभावHindi
  • diszpozícióHungarian
  • watakIndonesian
  • disposizioneItalian
  • מHebrew
  • 配置Japanese
  • Korean
  • gezindheidDutch
  • înclinație, dispozitiv, dispozițieRomanian
  • размещение, расстановка, темперамент, предрасположение, характер, расположение, нрав, склонностьRussian
  • eğilimTurkish
  • فطرتUrdu
  • bố tríVietnamese
  • 性格Chinese
  • inhliziyoZulu

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long and thin and often limp
  • A. inexpiable
  • B. ostensive
  • C. lank
  • D. tantamount

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