disposition

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

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your usual mood
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the act or means of getting rid of something
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: disposition
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n your usual mood

“he has a happy disposition
Synonyms:
temperament
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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
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
good nature
a cheerful, obliging disposition
agreeability, agreeableness
a temperamental disposition to be agreeable
ill nature
a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent 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
introversion
(psychology) an introverted disposition; concern with one's own thoughts and feelings
friendlessness
being without friends
reclusiveness
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
overtolerance
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
easygoingness
being without worry or concern
risibility
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
impatience
a dislike of anything that causes delay
shrewishness
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)
wholeheartedness
undivided commitment or unreserved enthusiasm
disinclination, hesitancy, hesitation, indisposition, reluctance
a certain degree of unwillingness
resistance
(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
congeniality
a congenial disposition
amity, cordiality
a cordial disposition
good-neighborliness, good-neighbourliness, neighborliness, neighbourliness
a disposition to be friendly and helpful to neighbors
hospitableness
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
aggression
a disposition to behave aggressively
misanthropy
a disposition to dislike and mistrust other people
uncongeniality
a disposition not to be congenial
unneighborliness
an unneighborly disposition
inhospitableness
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
affirmativeness
the agreeable quality of one who assents
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nature
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
mordacity
a disposition to biting
predisposition
a disposition in advance to react in a particular way
proneness
being disposed to do something
separatism
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
buoyancy
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
stainability
(cytology) the capacity of cells or cell parts to stain specifically with certain dyes
desire
an inclination to want things
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property
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

Synonyms:
inclination, tendency
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direction
a general course along which something has a tendency to develop
drift, movement, trend
a general tendency to change (as of opinion)
Call
a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course
denominationalism
the tendency, in Protestantism, to separate into religious denominations or to advocate such separations
devices
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
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
impartiality, nonpartisanship
an inclination to weigh both views or opinions equally
tenor
a settled or prevailing or habitual course of a person's life
evolutionary trend
a general direction of evolutionary change
gravitation
a figurative movement toward some attraction
orientation, predilection, preference
a predisposition in favor of something
doghouse
an idiomatic term for being in disfavor
reprobation
severe disapproval
anthropocentricity, anthropocentrism
an inclination to evaluate reality exclusively in terms of human values
ethnocentrism
belief in the superiority of one's own ethnic group
Eurocentrism
belief in the preeminence of Europe and the Europeans
bias, preconception, prejudice
a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
tilt
a slight but noticeable partiality
localism, provincialism, sectionalism
a partiality for some particular place
unfairness
partiality that is not fair or equitable
disinterestedness
freedom from bias or from selfish motives
candor, candour, fair-mindedness, fairness
ability to make judgments free from discrimination or dishonesty
Type of:
attitude, mental attitude
a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways
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n the act or means of getting rid of something

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disposal
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appointment
(law) the act of disposing of property by virtue of the power of appointment
comb-out
the act of carefully weeding out unwanted things or people
giving
disposing of property by voluntary transfer without receiving value in return
abandonment
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
discard
(cards) the act of throwing out a useless card or of failing to follow suit
minesweeping
the activity of detecting and disposing of marine mines
usury
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
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