American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1

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Author: Noah Webster

Disposition

DISPOSITION, n. [L.]

1. The act of disposing, or state of being disposed.

2. Manner in which things or the parts of a complex body are placed or arranged; order; method; distribution; arrangement. We speak of the disposition of the infantry and cavalry of an army; the disposition of the trees in an orchard; the disposition of the several parts of an edifice, of the parts of a discourse, or of the figures in painting.

3. Natural fitness or tendency. The refrangibility of the rays of light is their disposition to be refracted. So we say, a disposition in plants to grow in a direction upwards; a disposition in bodies to putrefaction.

4. Temper or natural constitution of the mind; as an amiable or an irritable disposition.

5. Inclination; propensity; the temper or frame of mind, as directed to particular objects. We speak of the disposition of a person to undertake a particular work; the dispositions of men towards each other; a disposition friendly to any design.

6. Disposal; alienation; distribution; a giving away or giving over to another; as, he has made disposition of his effects; he has satisfied his friends by the judicious disposition of his property.

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Chicago: Noah Webster Jr., "Disposition," American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1 in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1 (New York: S. Converse, 1828), Original Sources, accessed July 17, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CPXJPFDHJPCLK3D.

MLA: Webster, Noah, Jr. "Disposition." American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, New York, S. Converse, 1828, Original Sources. 17 Jul. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CPXJPFDHJPCLK3D.

Harvard: Webster, N, 'Disposition' in American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1. cited in 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, S. Converse, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 17 July 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CPXJPFDHJPCLK3D.