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Definition of Disposition


  1. The act of disposing, arranging, ordering, regulating, or transferring; application; disposal; as, the disposition of a man's property by will.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Conscious inclination; propension or propensity.
  5. Natural or prevailing spirit, or temperament of mind, especially as shown in intercourse with one's fellow-men; temper of mind.
  6. Mood; humor.

Disposition Quotations

I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.
Martha Washington

If one has a good disposition, what other virtue is needed? If a man has fame, what is the value of other ornamentation?

It is clearly better that property should be private, but the use of it common; and the special business of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition.

One's appearance bespeaks dignity corresponding to the depth of his character. One's concentrated effort, serene attitude, taciturn air, courteous disposition, thoroughly polite bearing, gritted teeth with a piercing look - each of these reveals dignity. Such outward appearance, in short, comes from constant attentiveness and seriousness.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.
William Arthur Ward
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Disposition Translations

disposition in Dutch is beschikking
disposition in German is Anordnung {f}, Verwendung, Einteilung
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