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disposition
as in:  a kind disposition


She has a cheerful disposition.
  someone’s normal mood or personality
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Memory aid:  It may help you to remember the various senses of disposition and its other forms such as dispose, if you remember that all the senses have to do with being inclined to do something or getting rid of (or using) something.

Since there are so many reasonably common, but highly diverse senses of dispose, it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.
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  • She has a cheerful disposition.
  • We’ll see if her cheerful disposition continues when she’s tired and under stress.
  • Hardly like Atticus: if you asked him how he was feeling he would tell you, but he never complained; his disposition remained the same, so in order to find out how he was feeling, you had to ask him.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Everybody was sorry she died... But I reckoned that with her disposition she was having a better time in the graveyard.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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  • He is gone without my knowledge or my consent, I know not whither, because of his violence and the rash and disobedient disposition of youth.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • I was ignorant of his temper and disposition; he was equally so of mine.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • But Lotte had an amiable, generous disposition that refuted the look of menace.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • This tortoise-shell lady, usually of a retiring disposition, came today to rub herself against the brown stockings of Bobbie with arched back, waving tail, and reverberating purrs.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • She began now to comprehend that he was exactly the man who, in disposition and talents, would most suit her.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • My pets, of course, were made to feel the change in my disposition.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat

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  • whereupon I rose up, with as melancholy a disposition as ever I had in my life.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • He had the meanest disposition of any boy I had ever known.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • I now perceive it was not altogether your brother’s evil disposition made him seek his death;
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • My father’s rough and envious disposition
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • In everything but disposition they were admirably taught.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • New instructors, elderly townsmen of unreliable sobriety and disposition, are brought in.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Here, one would suppose, might have been sorrow enough to imbue the sunniest disposition through and through with a sable tinge.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • We were one; and as much so by our tempers and dispositions, as by the mutual hardships to which we were necessarily subjected by our condition as slaves.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
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Associated words [difficulty]:   disposition [4]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Classic Literature, Human Behavior, Philosophy, Law
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