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disposition
as in:  strategic troop disposition


They met to discuss the best disposition of border control agents along the southern border.
  the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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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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  • They met to discuss the best disposition of border control agents along the southern border.
  • Was disposition of the troops done in a strategic manner?
    Mother Jones
  • When we came to the discussion of the sequence of our efforts and of the disposition of our forces, there were new sources of doubt.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • But I disliked him for speaking them: he had spoken as someone who had foreseen it all and had made his dispositions.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River

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  • and giving them a sudden turn, the whole disposition of the words was entirely changed.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • ...in all probability, he does not know that such a power exists to us as can sterilize his lairs, so that he cannot use them as of old. We are now so much further advanced in our knowledge as to their disposition that, when we have examined the house in Piccadilly, we may track the very last of them.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
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Associated words [difficulty]:   disposition [4]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Classic Literature, Philosophy, Law
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