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  • ’And the boy’s is, of all such dispositions that ever I have seen,’ remarked his sister, ’the most confirmed and stubborn.
  • MY mother was too much afraid of her to refuse compliance with this odd request, if she had any disposition to do so.

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  • Mrs. Gummidge’s was rather a fretful disposition, and she whimpered more sometimes than was comfortable for other parties in so small an establishment.
  • ’What a bad disposition you have, Peggotty!’ returned my mother.
  • ’Now, David,’ said Mr. Murdstone, ’a sullen obdurate disposition is, of all tempers, the worst.’
  • If he weakly showed the least disposition to hear it, Captain Hopkins, in a loud sonorous voice, gave him every word of it.
  • He has a sullen, rebellious spirit; a violent temper; and an untoward, intractable disposition.
  • ’I was sorry, David, I remarked,’ said Mr. Murdstone, turning his head and his eyes stiffly towards me, ’to observe that you are of a sullen disposition.
  • ’David,’ said Mr. Murdstone, one day after dinner when I was going to leave the room as usual; ’I am sorry to observe that you are of a sullen disposition.’
  • It is especially so for a young boy of your disposition, which requires a great deal of correcting; and to which no greater service can be done than to force it to conform to the ways of the working world, and to bend it and break it.’

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  • Don’t resent (as I think you have a general disposition to do) what may be uncongenial to you in him.
  • I fancied, from the disposition of her figure, that Em’ly had but newly risen from the chair, and that the forlorn head might perhaps have been lying on her lap.
  • ’Someone that I know, Trot,’ my aunt pursued, after a pause, ’though of a very pliant disposition, has an earnestness of affection in him that reminds me of poor Baby.
  • It was in no disposition for Uriah’s company, but in remembrance of the entreaty Agnes had made to me, that I asked him if he would come home to my rooms, and have some coffee.
  • Poor Traddles — I never think of that boy but with a strange disposition to laugh, and with tears in my eyes — was a sort of chorus, in general; and affected to be convulsed with mirth at the comic parts, and to be overcome with fear when there was any passage of an alarming character in the narrative.
  • I have therefore forborne to mention them to Miss Spenlow’s father’; looking severely at him— ’knowing how little disposition there usually is in such cases, to acknowledge the conscientious discharge of duty.’
  • I don’t mind acknowledging to you that I’ve got rather a grudging disposition, and want to keep off all intruders.
  • Your old knowledge of me, my dear Mr. Copperfield, will have told you that I have not the sanguine disposition of Mr. Micawber.
  • My disposition is, if I may say so, eminently practical.
  • The master of this shop was sitting at the door in his shirt-sleeves, smoking; and as there were a great many coats and pairs of trousers dangling from the low ceiling, and only two feeble candles burning inside to show what they were, I fancied that he looked like a man of a revengeful disposition, who had hung all his enemies, and was enjoying himself.
  • ’I am not so unreasonable as to expect,’ said Agnes, resuming her usual tone, after a little while, ’that you will, or that you can, at once, change any sentiment that has become a conviction to you; least of all a sentiment that is rooted in your trusting disposition.
  • I asked him what her disposition was: whether it was at all mischievous, and if her sympathies were generally on the right side of things: but, not succeeding in attracting his attention to these questions after two or three attempts, I forbore or forgot to repeat them.
  • Master Micawber, whose disposition appeared to have been soured by early disappointment, and whose aspect had become morose, yielded to his better feelings, and blubbered.
  • For being of an inquisitive disposition, and unable to confine herself (as her positive instructions were) to the pantry, she was constantly peering in at us, and constantly imagining herself detected; in which belief, she several times retired upon the plates (with which she had carefully paved the floor), and did a great deal of destruction.
  • At another time I should have been amused by this; but I felt that we were all constrained and uneasy, and I watched Mr. Micawber so anxiously, in his vacillations between an evident disposition to reveal something, and a counter-disposition to reveal nothing, that I was in a perfect fever.
  • At another time I should have been amused by this; but I felt that we were all constrained and uneasy, and I watched Mr. Micawber so anxiously, in his vacillations between an evident disposition to reveal something, and a counter-disposition to reveal nothing, that I was in a perfect fever.
  • Now, although I had not received any express encouragement as yet, I fancied that I saw in the two little sisters, and particularly in Miss Lavinia, an intensified enjoyment of this new and fruitful subject of domestic interest, a settling down to make the most of it, a disposition to pet it, in which there was a good bright ray of hope.

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as in: a kind disposition Define
someone's normal mood or personality
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the decision or action taken when an issue was settled so that it no longer requires attention
as in: disposition of the assets Define
the giving, selling, or transferring of something to another
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inclination (something someone or something is inclined to do)
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the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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