August 30, 2019
Learner's Word of the Day
disposition /ˌdɪspəˈzɪʃən/ noun

plural dispositions

The dog has a friendly disposition.
The dog has a friendly disposition.
Learner's definition of DISPOSITION

1 [count] : the usual attitude or mood of a person or animal

  • He always had a cheerful/nervous disposition. [=temperament, personality]

  • It's nice to work with someone who has such a sunny disposition. [=who is usually cheerful]

  • a dog with an excellent disposition

2 formal

a [singular] : a tendency to act or think in a particular way

  • Her disposition was to always think negatively.

  • He has a disposition toward criminal behavior.

b [count] : a tendency to develop a disease, condition, etc.

  • people with a genetic disposition toward a particular disease

3 formal : the act or power of officially or legally giving land, possessions, etc., to someone


  • the philanthropist's charitable dispositions [=(less formally) donations]


  • A will is a legal document that is used in the disposition of property.

4 [count] formal : the way things are placed or arranged — usually singular — often + of

  • The map showed the disposition of troops on the border.

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