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disposition (mental attitude)

Definition:

an attitude of mind, especially one that favors one alternative over others

Class:

cognition noun (cognitive processes and contents)

Related to:

dispose

Plural:

dispositions

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"ordering, management", also "tendency of mind", from Old French disposicion...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

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Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

disposition | disposal (sense 2), disposal (sense 3), disposal (sense 4), disposal [sense-specific] | dispositional [adjective, derived]

a person's usual temperament or frame of mind | a natural or acquired tendency, inclination, or habit in a person or thing | another word for ... (24 of 528 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Disposition

a habit, a preparation, a state of readiness, or a tendency to act in a specified way. The terms dispositional belief and occurrent belief refer, in the former case, to a belief that is held in the mind but not currently being considered, and in the ... (46 of 499 words)

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Disposition (disambiguation)

a tendency to act in a specified way. Disposition may also refer to: Disposition (law), a final decision or settlement | Disposition (harpsichord), the set of choirs of strings on a harpsichord | "Disposition" (song), a 2001 progressive metal song by... (39 of 116 words, 8 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

disposition | administration [synonym, sense-specific] | settlement [synonym, sense-specific] | control [synonym, sense-specific] | grain [synonym, sense-specific] | nature [synonym, sense-specific] | temper [synonym, sense-specific] | temperament [synonym, sense-specific] | cheer [similar, sense-specific] | ...

the act or the power of disposing or the state of being disposed: as ; ... | prevailing tendency, mood, or inclination ; temperamental makeup ; the ... (26 of 472 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/disposition

Oxford Dictionary:

disposition | dispositions

a person's inherent qualities of mind and character | [often with infinitive] : an inclination or tendency | the way in which something is placed or ... (24 of 205 words, 8 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/disposition

Macmillan British Dictionary:

disposition | dispositions [plural]

[singular] the way that someone normally thinks and behaves, that shows what type of person they are | [singular] a tendency to behave in a certain ... (25 of 114 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/disposition

American Heritage Dictionary:

disposition

One's usual mood; temperament | A habitual inclination; a tendency | A physical property or tendency | Arrangement, positioning, or distribution | A ... (19 of 101 words, 8 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

disposition

the predominant or prevailing tendency of one's spirits; natural mental and emotional outlook or mood; characteristic attitude. | state of mind ... (20 of 95 words, 8 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/disposition

Wiktionary:

disposition | dispositions [plural] | dispositioned [past tense] | dispositioning [present participle] | disposure [rare] | disposures [rare, plural]

The arrangement or placement of certain things | Tendency or inclination under given circumstances | Temperamental makeup or habitual mood | Control over something | [law] Transfer or relinquishment to the care or possession of another | [law] Final ... (34 of 94 words, 9 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciations)

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New World Dictionary:

disposition | dispositional [adjective, related]

a putting in order or being put in order; arrangement | management or settlement of affairs | a selling or giving away, as of property | a getting rid ... (26 of 89 words, 7 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

disposition

the particular type of character which a person naturally has | [singular + to infinitive] [formal] a natural tendency to do something, or to have or ... (25 of 42 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/disposition

Columbia Encyclopedia:

inclination | obliquity of the ecliptic

in astronomy, the angle of intersection between two planes, one of which is an orbital plane. The inclination of the plane of the moon's orbit is 5°9' ... (27 of 73 words)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

attitude [psychology]

in social psychology, a cognition, often with some degree of aversion or attraction, that reflects the classification and evaluation of objects and ... (22 of 551 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/42266​/attitude

Encarta Dictionary:

disposition | dispositions [plural]

somebody's usual mood or temperament | an inclination or tendency to act in a particular way | settlement of a business or legal matter (formal) | ... (23 of 61 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861605334​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

disposition

First use: late 14th century

Origin: "ordering, management", also "tendency of mind", from Old French disposicion (12th century) "arrangement, order; mood, state of mind", from ... (22 of 66 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

disposition

Origin: Middle English disposicioun from Old French disposition from Latin dispositio from dispositus, past participle of ... (15 of 22 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

disposition

Origin: Middle English disposicioun, from Old French disposition, from Latin dispositiō, dispositiōn-, from dispositus, ... (13 of 21 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/disposition

Merriam-Webster:

disposition

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin disposition-, dispositio, from disponere (see dispose)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/disposition

Oxford Dictionary:

disposition | dispositions

Origin: late Middle English: via Old French from Latin dispositio(n-), from disponere "arrange" (see "dispose")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/disposition

Wiktionary:

disposition | dispositions [plural] | dispositioned [past tense] | dispositioning [present participle]

Origin: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin disposition-, dispositio, from disponere.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/disposition

Encarta Dictionary:

disposition | dispositions [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Latin disposition- from disponere

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861605334​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

disposition | dispositions [plural] | dispositioned [past tense] | dispositioning [present participle]

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Collins Dictionary:

disposition

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

disposition | dispositions [plural]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

disposition | dispositions [plural]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

disposition

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the Free Dictionary:

disposition

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Google Dictionary:

disposition | dispositions [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

disposition

Audio: North American pronunciation of "disposition"

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YourDictionary Audio:

disposition

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freedictionary.org:

Disposition

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