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as in:  Is she disposed to help?

I am not disposed to help someone who has been so rude.
  inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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dispose disposed disposing disposes
This is usually seen in the form "disposed to..." or "disposed toward..."

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.

It may help you to remember the various senses of dispose and its other forms such as disposition, if you remember that all the senses have to do with getting rid of (or using something) or being inclined to do something.
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  • I am not disposed to help someone who has been so rude.
  • In that country, you are unlikely to find an official who is disposed to help you unless you offer a bribe.
  • ...and besides, it was Flatbush, a place as disposed to the extremes of propriety and to neighborly snooping as the most arrested small town in the American heartland.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Nevertheless, in consideration of your youth and the ill nurture, devoid of all gentleness and courtesy, which you have doubtless had in the land of slaves and tyrants, we are disposed to set you free, unharmed, on these conditions: first, that...
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy

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  • The few days we lived here went by pleasantly enough, in peace. People were better disposed toward one another. There were no longer any questions of wealth, of social distinction, and importance, only people all condemned to the same fate — still unknown.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • He paused in hopes of an answer; but his companion was not disposed to make any; and Elizabeth at that instant moving towards them, he was struck with the action of doing a very gallant thing, and called out to her: "My dear Miss Eliza, why are you not dancing?
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • He too, at first, seemed disposed to refuse; but, after some reflection, he granted me the privilege,
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • ...she was disposed to be too communicative,
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • ...she is more disposed to reward than to punish.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • ...experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence

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  • O masters, if I were disposed to stir
    Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage,
    I should do Brutus wrong and Cassius wrong,
    Who, you all know, are honourable men:
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • Lucy was disposed to be jealous of her...
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • ...seemed thoughtful and not disposed to talk,
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • I find myself disposed to ... discover a pretext for conformity.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • Were Sophie ever disposed to laughter, this running byplay between Bronek and the elephantine governess, who plainly enjoyed his attentions, would have come as close as anything to providing her with comic relief.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
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Associated words [difficulty]:   dispose [3]
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