disposition

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EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English disposicioun, from Middle French disposition, from Latin dispositiōnem, accusative singular of dispositiō, from dispōnō; surface analysis, dispose +‎ -i- +‎ -tion. Doublet of dispositio.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌdɪs.pəˈzɪ.ʃən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌdɪs.pəˈzɪ.ʃɪn/
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NounEdit

disposition (countable and uncountable, plural dispositions)

  1. The way in which something or someone is disposed or disposed of (in any sense of those terms); thus:
    1. Control over something, or the results produced by the exercise of such control; thus:
      1. The arrangement or placement of certain things.
        The scouts reported on the disposition of the enemy troops.
        • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
          The departure was not unduly prolonged. [] Within the door Mrs. Spoker hastily imparted to Mrs. Love a few final sentiments on the subject of Divine Intention in the disposition of buckets; farewells and last commiserations; a deep, guttural instigation to the horse; and the wheels of the waggonette crunched heavily away into obscurity.
      2. Control over something, especially with regard to disposing or dispensing with an action item (disposal of a concern, allocation of disbursed funds) or control over the arrangement or placement of certain things.
        • 1927, Havelock Ellis, Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)[1]:
          Seduced at the age of 10 by a famous sodomist named Duplessis, he had since been at the disposition of a number of homosexual persons, including officers, priests, and marquises.
        You will have full disposition of these funds.
      3. (law) Transfer or relinquishment to the care or possession of another.
        The court ordered the disposition of all assets.
        Synonyms: assignment, conveyance
      4. (law) Final decision or settlement.
        The disposition of the case will be announced tomorrow.
      5. (medicine) The destination of a patient after medical treatment, especially after emergency triage, first line treatment, or surgery; the choice made for the next venue of care.
        The patient was given a disposition for outpatient care, as ward admission was not indicated.
      6. (music) The set of choirs of strings on a harpsichord.
        This small harpsichord has a 1 x 4' disposition.
    2. Tendency or inclination under given circumstances.
      I have little disposition now to do as you say.
      Salt has a disposition to dissolve in water.
    3. Temperamental makeup or habitual mood.
      She has a sunny disposition.
      He has such a foul disposition.

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VerbEdit

disposition (third-person singular simple present dispositions, present participle dispositioning, simple past and past participle dispositioned)

  1. To remove or place in a different position.

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disposition c (singular definite dispositionen, plural indefinite dispositioner)

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disposition

  1. Genitive singular form of dispositio.

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin dispositiō.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

disposition f (plural dispositions)

  1. arrangement; layout
  2. disposal; the ability or authority to use something
  3. step; arrangement; measure
  4. disposition; tendency

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DescendantsEdit

  • Romanian: dispoziție

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Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin dispositiō.

NounEdit

disposition f (oblique plural dispositions, nominative singular disposition, nominative plural dispositions)

  1. arrangement; layout