Dis`po*si"tion(?), n. [F. disposition, dispositio, fr. disponere to dispose; dis- + ponere to place. See Position, and cf. Dispone.] 1. 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.
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.
How stands your disposition to be married?Shak.
5. 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.
6. Mood; humor.
As I perchance hereafter shall think meetShak.
To put an antic disposition on.
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.
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