disposition

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[ UK /dˌɪspəzˈɪʃən/ ]
[ US /ˌdɪspəˈzɪʃən/ ]
NOUN
  1. an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
    a tendency to be too strict
    he had an inclination to give up too easily
  2. the act or means of getting rid of something
  3. a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing
    a swelling with a disposition to rupture
  4. your usual mood
    he has a happy disposition
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How To Use disposition In A Sentence

  • The innkeeper, who was a choleric gnome of poor disposition, looked out of the door. STARDUST
  • But surely, I say, there are some people blessed with sunny dispositions - it doesn't necessarily mean they're valiantly trying to stop themselves from sliding into despair.
  • Knowing that you have a genetic disposition is not necessarily helpful. Times, Sunday Times
  • It's just like an analysis of fragility, which is typically seen as a disposition to fracture. Ultrasound and the Future of Confused Wannabe Paternalists
  • Current thinking is that some patients have inherited a predisposition to develop thyrotoxic periodic paralysis under the right set of circumstances. NYT > Home Page
  • MS is not hereditary but can occur in more than one family member, suggesting a genetic predisposition.
  • She has a very sunny disposition and just burns brightness. The Sun
  • Instead she would calmly await delivery and then show absolutely no disposition to praise a work that did not meet her standards. Times, Sunday Times
  • In the absence of clear evidence that a spouse intends to sell or dispose of an asset or will be forced to do so, a court should not grant a deduction for notional sale or disposition costs.
  • If the government wants to collect more tax, it should show a favourable disposition towards big business. Times, Sunday Times
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