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as in:  a disposition to learn

Her disposition is to work within whatever guidelines are set. She’ll do a great job unless you need a rule breaker to solve this problem.
  inclination (something someone or something is inclined to do)
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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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  • Her disposition is to work within whatever guidelines are set. She’ll do a great job unless you need a rule breaker to solve this problem.
  • She is an open-minded senator with a conservative disposition.
  • Gentlemen, I wish the money was there, for I ain’t got no disposition to throw anything in the way of a fair, open, out-and-out investigation o’ this misable business; but, alas, the money ain’t there; you k’n send and see, if you want to.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • My natural elasticity was crushed, my intellect languished, the disposition to read departed, the cheerful spark that lingered about my eye died; the dark night of slavery closed in upon me; and behold a man transformed into a brute!
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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  • He is a young man, full of energy and talent in his own way, and of a very faithful disposition.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • But what I chiefly admired ... was the strong disposition I observed in them towards news and politics,
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Under its influence, the tender heart became stone, and the lamblike disposition gave way to one of tiger-like fierceness.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • He possessed all the disposition to deceive, but wanted the power.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Fortunately I am not of a fainting disposition.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Every thing he possessed in the shape of learning or religion, he made conform to his disposition to deceive.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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  • Poor man! such was his disposition, and success at deceiving, I do verily believe that he sometimes deceived himself into the solemn belief, that he was a sincere worshipper of the most high God; and this, too, at a time when he may be said to have been guilty of compelling his woman slave to commit the sin of adultery.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • ...the thought of passing out of their hands into those of Master Andrew—a man who, but a few days before, to give me a sample of his bloody disposition, took my little brother by the throat, threw him on the ground, and with the heel of his boot stamped upon his head till the blood gushed from his nose and ears—was well calculated to make me anxious as to my fate.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
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Associated words [difficulty]:   disposition [4]
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