1. the predominant or prevailing tendency of one’s spirits; natural mental and emotional outlook or mood; characteristic attitude: a girl with a pleasant disposition.
  2. state of mind regarding something; inclination: a disposition to gamble.
  3. physical inclination or tendency: the disposition of ice to melt when heated.
  4. arrangement or placing, as of troops or buildings.
  5. final settlement of a matter.
  6. bestowal, as by gift or sale.
  7. power to make decisions about or dispose of a thing; control: funds at one’s disposition.
  8. regulation; management; dispensation: the disposition of God.


  1. a person’s usual temperament or frame of mind
  2. a natural or acquired tendency, inclination, or habit in a person or thing
  3. another word for disposal (def. 2), disposal (def. 3), disposal (def. 4), disposal (def. 5)
  4. philosophy logic a property that consists not in the present state of an object, but in its propensity to change in a certain way under certain conditions, as brittleness which consists in the propensity to break when struckCompare occurrent
  5. archaic manner of placing or arranging

late 14c., “ordering, management,” also “tendency of mind,” from Old French disposicion (12c.) “arrangement, order; mood, state of mind,” from Latin dispositionem (nominative dispositio) “arrangement, management,” noun of action from past participle stem of disponere “to put in order, arrange” (see dispose). References to “temperament” (late 14c. in English) are from astrological use of the word for “position of a planet as a determining influence.”

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