disposition
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin disposition-, dispositio, from disponere Date: 14th century 1. the act or the power of disposing or the state of being disposed: as a. administration, control b. final arrangement ; settlement <
the disposition of the case
>
c. (1) transfer to the care or possession of another (2) the power of such transferal d. orderly arrangement 2. a. prevailing tendency, mood, or inclination b. temperamental makeup c. the tendency of something to act in a certain manner under given circumstances • dispositional adjective Synonyms: disposition, temperament, temper, character, personality mean the dominant quality or qualities distinguishing a person or group. disposition implies customary moods and attitude toward the life around one <
a cheerful disposition
>
. temperament implies a pattern of innate characteristics associated with one's specific physical and nervous organization <
an artistic temperament
>
. temper implies the qualities acquired through experience that determine how a person or group meets difficulties or handles situations <
a resilient temper
>
. character applies to the aggregate of moral qualities by which a person is judged apart from intelligence, competence, or special talents <
strength of character
>
. personality applies to an aggregate of qualities that distinguish one as a person <
a somber personality
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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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

  • disposition — dis·po·si·tion n 1 a: the final determination of a matter (as a case or motion) by a court or quasi judicial tribunal the beneficiary of such a disposition of charges against him United States v. Smith, 354 A.2d 510 (1976) compare decision,… …   Law dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • disposition — [dis΄pə zish′ən] n. [ME disposicioun < OFr disposition < L dispositio < dispositus, pp. of disponere, to arrange: see DIS & POSITION] 1. a putting in order or being put in order; arrangement [the disposition of the troops] 2. management… …   English World dictionary

  • 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

  • disposition — 1 *disposal Analogous words: administering or administration, dispensing or dispensation (see corresponding verbs at ADMINISTER): management, direction, controlling or control, conducting or conduct (see corresponding verbs at CONDUCT):… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • disposition — [n1] personal temperament bag*, being, bent, bias, cast, character, complexion, constitution, cup of tea*, druthers*, emotions, flash, frame of mind, groove*, habit, humor, identity, inclination, individualism, individuality, leaning, make up,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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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