Notebook, 1993-



Predominant or prevailing tendency of one's spirits

Mental Outlook


State of Mind

Nature, Character, Humor

Inclination, bent, tendency, predisposition, proclivity.

[Disposition is the natural or prevailing aspect of one's mind as shown in behavior and in relationships with others]






Arrangement or placing, order, grouping

Settlement of a matter, Outcome, Result


R  E  F  E  R  E  N  C  E  S 
Disposition [< L dispositiõn- (s. of dispositiõ) = disposit(us) (ptp of dispõnere to distribute; see dispose. . . ] 1. the predominant or prevailing tendency of one's spirits; mental outlook or mood; a girl with a pleasant disposition. 2. a state of mind regarding something; inclinatioin: 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. the final settlement of a matter. 6. bestowal, as by gift or sale. 7. power to dispose of a thing; control: funds at one's disposition. 8. Archaic. regulation; management; dispensation: the disposition of God. -Syn. 1. nature, character, humor. DISPOSITION, TEMPER, TEMPERAMENT refer to the aspects and habits of mind that one displays over a length of time. DISPOSITION is the natural or prevailing aspect of one's mind as shown in behavior and in relationships with others: a happy disposition; a selfish disposition. TEMPER sometimes denotes the essential quality of one's nature: a glacial temper, usually it has to do with propensity toward anger: an even temper; a quick or hot temper. TEMPERAMENT refers to the particular, often unusual, balance of emotions determining a person's character: an artistic temperament; an unstable temperament. 2. bent, tendency, predisposition, proclivity. 4. order, grouping, placement. 5. outcome, result. 7. direction. [Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]



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