Noun > 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.