Definition of disposition
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 (see 1dispose)
dispositionalplay \-ˈzish-nəl, -ˈzi-shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of disposition in a sentence
They move jerkily, like puppets, but have a happy disposition; they are perpetually smiling and are given to frequent paroxysms of laughter. —Matt Ridley, Genome, 1999
… the eight species of wild equids (horses and their relatives) vary greatly in disposition, even though all eight are genetically so close to each other that they will interbreed and produce healthy (though usually sterile) offspring. —Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel, 1997
His father, Increase [Mather], with all his faults—his sour, depressive disposition, his open preference for England—is much more attractive. —Monroe K. Spears, American Ambitions, 1987
Her easy disposition and sociability masked the intensity of her feelings. —John Edgar Wideman, Bothers and Keepers, 1984
a dog with an excellent disposition
Her disposition was to always think negatively.
He has a disposition toward criminal behavior.
people with a genetic disposition toward a particular disease
A will is a legal document that is used in the disposition of property.
Origin and Etymology of disposition
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin disposition-, dispositio, from disponere (see 1dispose)
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of disposition
DISPOSITION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disposition for English Language Learners
: the usual attitude or mood of a person or animal
: a tendency to act or think in a particular way
: a tendency to develop a disease, condition, etc.
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Legal Definition of disposition
1a : 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, holding, judgment, opinion, ruling, verdict b : the sentence given to a convicted criminal defendant <probation is often a desirable disposition — W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel>; also : the sentence given to or treatment prescribed for a juvenile offender
2 : transfer to the care, possession, or ownership of another <to either a surviving spouse or a charity, those dispositions are totally exonerated from the payment of taxes — Matter of McKinney, 477 N.Y.S.2d 367 (1984)>; also : the power of such transferral
3 : the state or condition of being predisposed : predisposition
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