Disposition
Disposition Dis`po*si"tion, n. [F. disposition, dispositio, fr. disponere to dispose; dis- + ponere to place. See {Position}, and cf. {Dispone}.] 1. The act of disposing, arranging, ordering, regulating, or transferring; application; disposal; as, the disposition of a man's property by will. [1913 Webster]

Who have received the law by the disposition of angels. --Acts vii. 53. [1913 Webster]

The disposition of the work, to put all things in a beautiful order and harmony, that the whole may be of a piece. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. The state or the manner of being disposed or arranged; distribution; arrangement; order; as, the disposition of the trees in an orchard; the disposition of the several parts of an edifice. [1913 Webster]

3. Tendency to any action or state resulting from natural constitution; nature; quality; as, a disposition in plants to grow in a direction upward; a disposition in bodies to putrefaction. [1913 Webster]

4. Conscious inclination; propension or propensity. [1913 Webster]

How stands your disposition to be married? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Natural or prevailing spirit, or temperament of mind, especially as shown in intercourse with one's fellow-men; temper of mind. ``A man of turbulent disposition.'' --Hallam. ``He is of a very melancholy disposition.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

His disposition led him to do things agreeable to his quality and condition wherein God had placed him. --Strype. [1913 Webster]

6. Mood; humor. [1913 Webster]

As I perchance hereafter shall think meet To put an antic disposition on. --Shak.

Syn: Disposal; adjustment; regulation; arrangement; distribution; order; method; adaptation; inclination; propensity; bestowment; alienation; character; temper; mood. -- {Disposition}, {Character}, {Temper}. Disposition is the natural humor of a person, the predominating quality of his character, the constitutional habit of his mind. Character is this disposition influenced by motive, training, and will. Temper is a quality of the fiber of character, and is displayed chiefly when the emotions, especially the passions, are aroused. [1913 Webster]


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  • disposition — [ dispozisjɔ̃ ] n. f. • XIIe; lat. dispositio → disposer 1 ♦ Action de disposer, de mettre dans un certain ordre; résultat de cette action. Une disposition régulière d objets. ⇒ ordre, rangement. La disposition des massifs, des ornements. ⇒… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • disposition — DISPOSITION. s. f. Arrangement, situation. La disposition des parties du cerps, des organes. La disposition de ces lieux là étoit telle. La disposition d un jardin, d un tableau, d une architecture de bâtiment. La disposition des troupes. La… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • disposition — Disposition. subst. f. Arrangement, situation. La disposition des parties du corps, des organes. la disposition de ces lieux là estoit telle. la disposition de ces troupes. la disposition de la bataille. la disposition de son discours. la… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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  • Disposition — (von lat.: dispositio = „Aufteilung“,„Zuweisung“; „Anordnung“, „Verwaltung“, „Verfügung“ [dispositio omnipotens], „Fügung“ [schicksalhaft], „Aufstellung“, „Gliederung“, „Plan“) steht für: Disposition (Medizin), eine Anfälligkeit für die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • disposition — UK US /ˌdɪspəˈzɪʃən/ noun ► [C or U] the process of selling something or formally giving it to someone: »We have no control over the disposition of the funds in that account. »Not more than 30% of a Fund s gross income can be derived from gains… …   Financial and business terms

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  • Dispositĭon — (v. lat.), 1) Anordnung, Verordnung; so hießen Dispositiones, die Verordnungen der römischen Kaiser für den Augenblick, z.B. wenn er in den Krieg ziehen, verreisen etc. wollte. Dieses gehörte in ein eigenes Departement (Scrinium). das unter dem… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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