Dis`po*si"tion (?), n. [F. disposition, dispositio, fr. disponere to dispose; dis- + ponere to place. See Position, and cf. Dispone.]


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. Acts vii. 53.

The disposition of the work, to put all things in a beautiful order and harmony, that the whole may be of a piece. Dryden.


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.


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.


Conscious inclination; propension or propensity.

How stands your disposition to be married? Shak.


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." Hallam. "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. Strype.


Mood; humor.

As I perchance hereafter shall think meet To put an antic disposition on. Shak.

Syn. -- Disposal; adjustment; regulation; arrangement; distribution; order; method; adaptation; inclination; propensity; bestowment; alienation; character; temper; mood. -- Disposition, Character, Temper. Disposition is the natural humor of a person, the predominating quality of his character, the constitutional habit of his mind. Character is this disposition influenced by motive, training, and will. Temper is a quality of the fiber of character, and is displayed chiefly when the emotions, especially the passions, are aroused.


© Webster 1913.

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