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 Dictionary entry overview: What does disposition mean? 

  The noun DISPOSITION has 4 senses:

1. your usual mood
2. the act or means of getting rid of something
3. an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
4. a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing

  Familiarity information: DISPOSITION used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


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Your usual mood

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


disposition; temperament

Context example:

he has a happy disposition

Hypernyms ("disposition" is a kind of...):

nature (the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions)

Meronyms (parts of "disposition"):

cheer; cheerfulness; sunniness; sunshine (the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom)

uncheerfulness (not conducive to cheer or good spirits)


willing (disposed or inclined toward)

unwilling (not disposed or inclined toward)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "disposition"):

disagreeableness (an ill-tempered and offensive disposition)

willingness (cheerful compliance)

involuntariness; unwillingness (the trait of being unwilling)

friendliness (a friendly disposition)

unsociability; unsociableness (an unsociable disposition; avoiding friendship or companionship)

unfriendliness (an unfriendly disposition)

calm; calmness; composure; equanimity (steadiness of mind under stress)

discomposure (a temperament that is perturbed and lacking in composure)

optimism (a general disposition to expect the best in all things)

pessimism (a general disposition to look on the dark side and to expect the worst in all things)

epicurism (the disposition and habits of an epicure)

gourmandism (the disposition and habits of a gourmand)

ill nature (a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition)

agreeability; agreeableness (a temperamental disposition to be agreeable)

good nature (a cheerful, obliging disposition)

solitariness (the disposition to enjoy being alone)

aloneness; loneliness; lonesomeness; solitude (a disposition toward being alone)

animalism; physicality (preoccupation with satisfaction of physical drives and appetites)

bloodiness; bloodthirstiness (a disposition to shed blood)

heart; spirit (an inclination or tendency of a certain kind)

nervousness (a sensitive or highly strung temperament)

esprit de corps; morale; team spirit (the spirit of a group that makes the members want the group to succeed)

moodiness (having temperamental and changeable moods)

blood (temperament or disposition)

perfectionism (a disposition to feel that anything less than perfect is unacceptable)

permissiveness; tolerance (a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior)

restrictiveness; unpermissiveness (a lack of permissiveness or indulgence and a tendency to confine behavior within certain specified limits)

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The act or means of getting rid of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


disposition; disposal

Hypernyms ("disposition" is a kind of...):

deed; effort; exploit; feat (a notable achievement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "disposition"):

appointment ((law) the act of disposing of property by virtue of the power of appointment)

lending; loaning (disposing of money or property with the expectation that the same thing (or an equivalent) will be returned)

sewage disposal (the disposal of sewage)

mine disposal (the disposal of explosive mines)

abandonment (the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away)

giving (disposing of property by voluntary transfer without receiving value in return)

comb-out (the act of carefully weeding out unwanted things or people)

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An attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


inclination; tendency; disposition

Context examples:

he had an inclination to give up too easily / a tendency to be too strict

Hypernyms ("disposition" is a kind of...):

attitude; mental attitude (a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "disposition"):

literalism (a disposition to interpret statements in their literal sense)

perseveration (the tendency for a memory or idea to persist or recur without any apparent stimulus for it)

predisposition (an inclination beforehand to interpret statements in a particular way)

favor; favour (an inclination to approve)

disapproval; disfavor; disfavour; dislike (an inclination to withhold approval from some person or group)

partiality; partisanship (an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives)

bent; set (a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way)

leaning; proclivity; propensity (a natural inclination)

favoritism; favouritism (an inclination to favor some person or group)

sympathy; understanding (an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion)

devices (an inclination or desire; used in the plural in the phrase 'left to your own devices')

denominationalism (the tendency, in Protestantism, to separate into religious denominations or to advocate such separations)

Call (a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course)

drift; movement; trend (a general tendency to change (as of opinion))

direction (a general course along which something has a tendency to develop)

impartiality; nonpartisanship (an inclination to weigh both views or opinions equally)

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A natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

a swelling with a disposition to rupture

Hypernyms ("disposition" is a kind of...):

property (a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "disposition"):

inclination; tendency (a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect)

separatism (a disposition toward schism and secession from a larger group; the principles and practices of separatists)

proneness (being disposed to do something)

predisposition (a disposition in advance to react in a particular way)

mordacity (a disposition to biting)

aptness; propensity (a disposition to behave in a certain way)

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