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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n disposition the act or means of getting rid of something
    • n disposition your usual mood "he has a happy disposition"
    • n disposition a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing "a swelling with a disposition to rupture"
    • n disposition an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others "he had an inclination to give up too easily","a tendency to be too strict"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Disposition Conscious inclination; propension or propensity. "How stands your disposition to be married?"
    • Disposition Mood; humor. "As I perchance hereafter shall think meet
      To put an antic disposition on."
      "In merry pin ."
    • Disposition 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 .""He is of a very melancholy disposition .""His disposition led him to do things agreeable to his quality and condition wherein God had placed him."
    • Disposition 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.
    • Disposition The act of disposing, arranging, ordering, regulating, or transferring; application; disposal; as, the disposition of a man's property by will. "Who have received the law by the disposition of angels.""The disposition of the work, to put all things in a beautiful order and harmony, that the whole may be of a piece."
    • Disposition 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n disposition A setting in order; a disposing, placing, or arranging; arrangement of parts; distribution: as, the disposition of the infantry and cavalry of an army; the disposition of the trees in an orchard; the disposition of the several parts of an edifice, or of figures in painting; the disposition of tones in a chord, or of parts in a score.
    • n disposition Disposal; plan or arrangement for the disposal, distribution, or alienation of something; definite settlement with regard to some matter; ultimate destination: as, he has made a good disposition of his property; what disposition do you intend to make of this picture?
    • n disposition In architecture, the arrangement of the whole design by means of ichnography (plan), orthography (section and elevation), and scenography (perspective view). It differs from distribution, which signifies the particular arrangement of the internal parts of a building.
    • n disposition Guidance; control; order; command; decree: as, the dispositions of the statute.
    • n disposition Aptitude; inclination; tendency; readiness to take on any character or habit: said of things animate or inanimate, but especially of an emotional tendency or mood.
    • n disposition Natural tendency or constitution of the mind; intellectual and moral bent; innate temper: as, an amiable or an irritable disposition.
    • n disposition In Scots law, a unilateral deed of alienation, by which a right to property, especially heritable property, is conveyed.
    • n disposition Health; bodily well-being.
    • n disposition Maintenance; allowance.
    • n disposition Synonyms and
    • n disposition Adjustment, regulation, bestowment, classification, grouping, ordering.
    • n disposition Inclination, Tendency, etc. See bent.
    • n disposition Specifically, in organ-building: the plan or specification in accordance with which the whole instrument is built
    • n disposition the arrangement of the visible parts of the instrument, as of the display-pipes, the case, the desk or console, the stops, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Disposition dis-po-zish′un arrangement: plan for disposing one's property, &c.: natural tendency: temper: :
    • n Disposition dis-po-zish′un (N.T.) ministration
    • n Disposition dis-po-zish′un (Scots law) a giving over to another = conveyance or assignment in Eng. phraseology—often 'disposition and settlement,' a deed for the disposal of a man's property at his death
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  • Plato
    “He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.”
  • Ovid
    “When disposition wins us, the features please.”
  • James Joyce
    “Art is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end.”
  • J. E. Dinger
    J. E. Dinger
    “It is not the position, but the disposition.”
  • Cesare Pavese
    “Will power is only the tensile strength of one's own disposition. One cannot increase it by a single ounce.”
  • Barry Duncan
    Barry Duncan
    “Men of the noblest dispositions think themselves happiest when others share their happiness with them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. disposition, dispositio, fr. disponere, to dispose; dis-, + ponere, to place. See Position, and cf. Dispone
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L., from dis, apart, ponĕre, to place.


In literature:

They differed greatly in their dispositions.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
With a decided propensity for fun and mischief, there was also in his disposition as evident a proclivity to seriousness and earnestness.
"Hubert's Wife" by Minnie Mary Lee
It will be noticed that in this disposition no provision was made for holding the fourth or Jamaica Pass far over to the left.
"The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn" by Henry P. Johnston
Bad heart, bad disposition.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
The Disposition of the Lamb.
"The Calvary Road" by Roy Hession
Her disposition was so extraordinary, having never surmounted it in her youth, that she could hardly live with anybody.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
Hence this prayer not only teaches us how to pray, but serves as the norm of all our dispositions of mind.
"On Prayer and The Contemplative Life" by St. Thomas Aquinas
Mr Nicol was much respected for his sound discernment in matters of business, as well as for his benevolent disposition.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
King and other estimable gentlemen had evidenced a disposition to join them.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
But it's no particular compliment to a white man's disposition to be able to qualify as an Indian, as I look at it.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
If the disposition exists for everything, no one particular thing can be explained by the existence of that disposition.
"Psychotherapy" by Hugo Münsterberg
Young Joe's face was drawn by the strain, and his hand and tongue showed a disposition to tremble.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Are not these dispositions of the mind fertile in artifices, stratagems, inventions of all kinds?
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
A gentleman who had a dog of a most endearing disposition, was obliged to go a journey periodically once a-month.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
Phyllis' irrepressibly cheerful disposition gave a little jump toward the light.
"The Rose Garden Husband" by Margaret Widdemer
The size, disposition and shape of these is by no means an unimportant matter.
"The Repairing & Restoration of Violins" by Horace Petherick
In speech, blunt, plain, and humorous; but in disposition, kind, sincere, and generous.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 17" by Alexander Leighton
It will be observed that this was almost exactly the disposition of the room in M'Naughten's story.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
There was a private in our shed called Clausel, a man of a very ugly disposition.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Never press a matter where there is a disposition to be reserved upon the subject.
"Talkers" by John Bate

In poetry:

Health is the first good lent to men;
A gentle disposition then:
Next, to be rich by no by-ways;
Lastly, with friends t' enjoy our days.
"Four Things Make Us Happy Here" by Robert Herrick
An shoo wor as nice a young lass as yo'll see
In a day's march, aw'll wager mi hat;
But yo know unless fowk's dispositions agree,
Tho' they're bonny,--noa matter for that.
"What It Comes To" by John Hartley
My own disposition to this one inclines,
But dreadful dyspepsia destroys all the pleasure
Of dinner, except it's well tinctured with wines
Which plan I adopt as a health-giving measure.
"Nothing To Eat" by Horatio Alger Jr
But who's this that we see, with that mild pensive air,
And a look so expressively kind?
It is Ann, gentle Ann, before whom we pass by,
We will add--'t would be useless in any to try
Disposition more lovely to find.
"My S.S. Class" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
Whilst perusing exchanges their dispositions I've traced,
I've paid some attention to their mode of embrace;
None to me opes his bosom, in language unplanned,
Like the "Globe," with his good honest shake of the hand.
"The Colored Press" by Robert C O Benjamin
To God, and Christ and holy angels stand,
Dispos'd to ev'ry Church, in ev'ry land,
The growth of good still helping to compleat,
Whatever tares be sown among the wheat;
Who would not wish to have, and to excite,
A disposition so divinely right?
"On Church Communion - Part IV." by John Byrom

In news:

Disputed issues concerning whether a bar patron was served alcohol while visibly intoxicated should have precluded summary disposition for the bar in this dramshop case.
The use and disposition of any pre- embryos that are frozen for future use should be consistent with the Council's opinion on frozen pre- embryos (Opinion 2.141, "Frozen Pre- embryos ").
The Indiana Court of Appeals disagrees with the state Department of Child Services that fact-finding and dispositional hearings in a child in need of services case are interchangeable.
Having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion.
Tonight my teammate—drawn at random—is Don, a white-haired old-timer with a sunny disposition helped by a decent Pabst buzz.
According to Davis, llamas have a gentle disposition, are typically healthy and relatively easy to care for.
It is age or disposition.
A manager or co-worker whose sunny disposition can cloud an otherwise delightfully pessimistic day.
In August Wilson's remarkable 1990 play, The Piano Lesson (Signature Theatre), a brother and sister battle over the disposition of an inherited piano.
In the meantime, President Obama has restored foreign policy realism to the White House, giving a liberal gloss to what had traditionally been a conservative disposition.
"The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires.".
The Obama administration has been developing blueprints for a "disposition matrix," a database that officials describe as a next-generation capture/kill list.
Its frowny face and Dutch nickname of mopshond, meaning "to grumble," belie the Pug 's playful, loving disposition.
His mother was a woman of singularly sweet and gentle disposition.
They have such a great disposition and are up for anything.

In science:

We will use upper braces to show the decomposition of w into f -blocks (that is, to show the disposition of the words X, Y and Z in w).
There are no iterated morphisms that define the Arshon sequence and the $\sigma$-sequence
We discuss in Section 3 (in view of the theorem and of previous results from [Ko1]) the mutual disposition of adjacent strata.
On a stratification defined by real roots of polynomials
For any value of σ and for any i fixed the curves Ui,j have the same mutual disposition.
On a stratification defined by real roots of polynomials
We have parameter x in our disposition to find the most precise estimate.
Limit Theorem for Sums of Random Products
For this reason our approach is more general and applicable for any disposition of the source of light and observer with respect to the source of gravitational radiation.
General Relativistic Theory of Light Propagation in the Field of Radiative Gravitational Multipoles
Below are cited the 3-dimensional radiation patterns and the equivalent patterns at the three main planes of the modified improved dispositions.
"D-Dimond1", Prototype Antenna RGA-05
Summing all the above, some useful conclusions are deduced regarding the operation of D-Dimond1’s improved dispositions in comparison with the initial one at a frequency range from 200 to 2850 [ΜΗz].
"D-Dimond1", Prototype Antenna RGA-05
For a design requiring a maximum SWR equals to 3 the connection of the improved antenna system with a 50 [Ω] transmission line continues to offer narrower bandwidth than the original disposition, that is 90 compared to 110 [MHz].
"D-Dimond1", Prototype Antenna RGA-05
In the forms given before (the ones with all the tensorial indices, or the one with all Lorentzian indices) these tensors would have not transformed in this way; somehow, we can say that it is due to this very disposition of indices that we can have both a tensorial and a Lorentz covariant form for Riemann tensor.
Higher-Order Theories of Gravitation
For low focal lengths (<∼ 10 m), the best crystal tile disposition is an Archimedes’ spiral,13 that provides a smooth behavior of the lens effective area Aef f with energy.
Focusing of gamma-rays with Laue lenses: first results
Also it follows by running a multi-scale analysis as in Kirsch having the Wegner estimate from Theorem 2.9 at ones disposition.
Localization for random operators with non-monotone potentials with exponentially decaying correlations
Geometry is a science on disposition and shape of geometrical ob jects in the space or in the event space (space-time).
Monistic conception of geometry
The shape and mutual dispositions of all geometrical ob jects are given completely, if the distance ρ (P1, P2), ∀P1, P2 ∈ Ω is given.
Monistic conception of geometry
The generalized geometry is a science on shape and disposition of geometrical ob jects.
Monistic conception of geometry
Such opinion is based on results of the contemporary geometry, where any geometry is considered as a logical construction (but not as a science on the dispositions of geometrical objects).
Monistic conception of geometry