Definition of disposition noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌdɪspəˈzɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪspəˈzɪʃn//
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] (formal) the natural qualities of a person’s character synonym temperament to have a cheerful disposition people of a nervous disposition
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] disposition to/towards something | disposition to do something (formal) a tendency to behave in a particular way to have/show a disposition towards violence
  3. 3[countable, usually singular] (formal) the way something is placed or arranged synonym arrangement
  4. 4[countable, uncountable] (law) a formal act of giving property or money to somebody
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin dispositio(n-), from disponere ‘arrange’, influenced by dispositus ‘arranged’ and Old French poser ‘to place’.Extra examples Do people have a natural disposition to be good? These dogs show a very sociable disposition. This film is not recommended for those of a nervous disposition. Some scenes aren’t recommended for viewers of a nervous disposition. Tom was everybody’s favourite with his bouncy, cheerful disposition.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: disposition