Someone's disposition is their mood or general attitude about life. If your friend woke up on the wrong side of the bed, tell her that she might need a disposition makeover.

Disposition comes to us through Old French from Latin and refers to the positive or negative way a person views the world. In contrast, a person's character is determined by his or her inner moral values, and one's personality reflects what one is like as an individual. An animal with an excellent disposition is cooperative and friendly towards people. If you are cheerful, you are often said to have a sunny disposition.

Primary Meanings of disposition

your usual mood
the act or means of getting rid of something
Full Definitions of disposition

n your usual mood

“he has a happy disposition
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aloneness, loneliness, lonesomeness, solitariness
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
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
having temperamental and changeable moods
temperament or disposition
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
good nature
a cheerful, obliging disposition
agreeability, agreeableness
a temperamental disposition to be agreeable
ill nature
a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition
an ill-tempered and offensive disposition
cheerful compliance
involuntariness, unwillingness
the trait of being unwilling
a friendly disposition
unsociability, unsociableness
an unsociable disposition; avoiding friendship or companionship
an unfriendly disposition
calm, calmness, composure, equanimity
steadiness of mind under stress
a temperament that is perturbed and lacking in composure
a general disposition to expect the best in all things
a general disposition to look on the dark side and to expect the worst in all things
the disposition and habits of an epicure
the disposition and habits of a gourmand
(psychology) an introverted disposition; concern with one's own thoughts and feelings
being without friends
a disposition to prefer seclusion or isolation
queasiness, restlessness, uneasiness
inability to rest or relax or be still
restiveness, skittishness
characterized by nervousness and quickness to take fright
acceptance, sufferance, toleration
a disposition to tolerate or accept people or situations
indulgence, lenience, leniency
a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone
too much permissiveness
sternness, strictness
uncompromising resolution
good will, goodwill, grace
a disposition to kindness and compassion
forbearance, longanimity, patience
good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence
being without worry or concern
a disposition to laugh
complaisance, compliance, compliancy, deference, obligingness
a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
crabbedness, crabbiness, crossness
a disposition to be ill-tempered
contrariness, crankiness, crotchetiness, grumpiness
a fussy and eccentric disposition
moroseness, sourness, sulkiness, sullenness
a sullen moody resentful disposition
biliousness, irritability, peevishness, pettishness, snappishness, surliness, temper
a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger
a dislike of anything that causes delay
a nature given to nagging or scolding
asperity, sharpness
harshness of manner
acerbity, acrimony, bitterness, jaundice, tartness, thorniness
a rough and bitter manner
aggressiveness, belligerence, pugnacity
a natural disposition to be hostile
contentiousness, quarrelsomeness
an inclination to be quarrelsome and contentious
eagerness, forwardness, readiness, zeal
prompt willingness
openness, receptiveness, receptivity
willingness or readiness to receive (especially impressions or ideas)
undivided commitment or unreserved enthusiasm
disinclination, hesitancy, hesitation, indisposition, reluctance
a certain degree of unwillingness
(psychiatry) an unwillingness to bring repressed feelings into conscious awareness
affability, affableness, amiability, amiableness, bonhomie, geniality
a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)
amicability, amicableness
having a disposition characterized by warmth and friendliness
closeness, familiarity, intimacy
close or warm friendship
accessibility, approachability
the attribute of being easy to meet or deal with
a congenial disposition
amity, cordiality
a cordial disposition
good-neighborliness, good-neighbourliness, neighborliness, neighbourliness
a disposition to be friendly and helpful to neighbors
having a disposition that welcomes guests and is fond of entertaining
aloofness, remoteness, standoffishness, withdrawnness
a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manner
closeness, secretiveness
characterized by a lack of openness (especially about one's actions or purposes)
hostility, ill will
a hostile (very unfriendly) disposition
a disposition to behave aggressively
a disposition to dislike and mistrust other people
a disposition not to be congenial
an unneighborly disposition
having an unfriendly and inhospitable disposition
helpfulness, kindliness
friendliness evidence by a kindly and helpful disposition
aplomb, assuredness, cool, poise, sang-froid
great coolness and composure under strain
placidity, quiet, repose, serenity, tranquility, tranquillity
a disposition free from stress or emotion
disquiet, unease, uneasiness
the trait of seeming ill at ease
fluster, perturbation
a disposition that is confused or nervous and upset
the agreeable quality of one who assents
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the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions

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

“a swelling with a disposition to rupture”
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aptness, propensity
a disposition to behave in a certain way
a disposition to biting
a disposition in advance to react in a particular way
being disposed to do something
a disposition toward schism and secession from a larger group; the principles and practices of separatists
inclination, tendency
a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect
heterosis, hybrid vigor
(genetics) the tendency of a crossbred organism to have qualities superior to those of either parent
the tendency to float in water or other liquid
electronegativity, negativity
(chemistry) the tendency of an atom or radical to attract electrons in the formation of an ionic bond
(cytology) the capacity of cells or cell parts to stain specifically with certain dyes
an inclination to want things
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a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class

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

inclination, tendency
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a general course along which something has a tendency to develop
drift, movement, trend
a general tendency to change (as of opinion)
a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course
the tendency, in Protestantism, to separate into religious denominations or to advocate such separations
an inclination or desire; used in the plural in the phrase `left to your own devices'
sympathy, understanding
an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion
favoritism, favouritism
an inclination to favor some person or group
leaning, proclivity, propensity
a natural inclination
bent, set
a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way
a disposition to interpret statements in their literal sense
the tendency for a memory or idea to persist or recur without any apparent stimulus for it
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
impartiality, nonpartisanship
an inclination to weigh both views or opinions equally
a settled or prevailing or habitual course of a person's life
evolutionary trend
a general direction of evolutionary change
a figurative movement toward some attraction
orientation, predilection, preference
a predisposition in favor of something
an idiomatic term for being in disfavor
severe disapproval
anthropocentricity, anthropocentrism
an inclination to evaluate reality exclusively in terms of human values
belief in the superiority of one's own ethnic group
belief in the preeminence of Europe and the Europeans
bias, preconception, prejudice
a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
a slight but noticeable partiality
localism, provincialism, sectionalism
a partiality for some particular place
partiality that is not fair or equitable
freedom from bias or from selfish motives
candor, candour, fair-mindedness, fairness
ability to make judgments free from discrimination or dishonesty
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attitude, mental attitude
a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways

n the act or means of getting rid of something

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(law) the act of disposing of property by virtue of the power of appointment
the act of carefully weeding out unwanted things or people
disposing of property by voluntary transfer without receiving value in return
the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away
mine disposal
the disposal of explosive mines
sewage disposal
the disposal of sewage
lending, loaning
disposing of money or property with the expectation that the same thing (or an equivalent) will be returned
discard, throwing away
getting rid something that is regarded as useless or undesirable
(cards) the act of throwing out a useless card or of failing to follow suit
the activity of detecting and disposing of marine mines
the act of lending money at an exorbitant rate of interest
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act, deed, human action, human activity
something that people do or cause to happen