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disposition

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1  —as in:
a kind disposition
Definition someone's normal mood, personality, or typical way of behaving
  • She has a cheerful disposition.
disposition = normal mood or typical way of behaving
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We'll see if her cheerful disposition continues when she's tired and under stress.
  • disposition = someone's normal mood or typical way of behaving
  • She is an open-minded senator with a conservative disposition.
  • disposition = inclination
  • 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.
  • disposition = inclination
  • He had the meanest disposition of any boy I had ever known.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • disposition = normal mood, personality, or inclination
  • 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
  • disposition = normal mood or personality
  • I now perceive it was not altogether your brother's evil disposition made him seek his death;
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • disposition = normal mood, personality, or inclination
  • He is a young man, full of energy and talent in his own way, and of a very faithful disposition.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • disposition = normal mood, personality, or inclination
  • But what I chiefly admired ... was the strong disposition I observed in them towards news and politics,
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • disposition = inclination
  • Her more fearless disposition and happier nerves made everything easy to her there.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
disposition = temperament (personality)

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2  —as in:
disposition of the matter
Definition the decision or action taken when an issue was settled so that it no longer requires attention
  • What was the disposition of the court?
disposition = the decision or action taken when an issue was settled so that it no longer requires attention
  • That August, the Japanese War Ministry would issue a clarification of this order, sending it to all POW camp commanders: At such time as the situation becomes urgent and it be extremely important, the POWs will be concentrated and confined in their present location and under heavy guard the preparation for the final disposition will be made ....
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
disposition = action taken when an issue is settled so it no longer requires attention

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3  —as in:
disposition of the assets
Definition the giving, selling, or transferring of something to another
  • Our lawyer is handling disposition of the estate property.
disposition = the giving, selling, or transferring of something to another
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The store is closing down. We have not decided on the disposition of the inventory.
  • disposition = transferring of ownership
  • As a final disposition I contemplate depositing them with the Essex Historical Society.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • disposition = transfer of possession
  • Frankly we did our best to prevent such a testamentary disposition, and pointed out certain contingencies that might leave her daughter either penniless or not so free as she should be to act regarding a matrimonial alliance.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • disposition = transferring items of value
  • Frankly, however, I must admit that in this case any other form of disposition would have rendered impossible the carrying out of her wishes. For by her predeceasing her daughter the latter would have come into possession of the property, and...
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
disposition = transferring items of value

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4  —as in:
strategic troop disposition
Definition the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
  • They met to discuss the best disposition of border control agents along the southern border.
disposition = positioning
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Was disposition of the troops done in a strategic manner?
    Mother Jones
  • disposition = positioning
  • 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
  • disposition = positioning
  • 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
  • dispositions = arrangements
  • ...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
  • disposition = arrangement or use of things
  • and giving them a sudden turn, the whole disposition of the words was entirely changed.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
disposition = the arrangement or position

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