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disposition

Philosophy Logic a property that consists not in the present state of an object, but in its propensity to change in a certain way under certain conditions, as brittleness which consists in the propensity to break when struck

Disposition

 

(1) In the navy, the plan for placement of ships in the roadstead, at the base, and at anchor on the open sea. The disposition is drawn up in such a way as to make it convenient for individual units and the fleet as a whole to put out to sea.

(2) In the ground forces of the 18th and 19th centuries, a written order from the commander in which battle missions were given to subordinate units. In the Russian army the term “battle order” has been used in place of “disposition”in the 20th century.


Disposition

 

in civil law, one of the legal rights of the owner of any property. The right of disposition is exercised primarily by the carrying out of various transactions, such as buying and selling, exchange, or giving as a gift. Possession, use, and disposition together make up the right of ownership.

disposition

[‚dis·pə′zish·ən]
(computer science)
The status of a file after it has been closed by a computer program, for example, retained or deleted.
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My natural elasticity was crushed, my intellect languished, the disposition to read departed, the cheerful spark that lingered about my eye died; the dark night of slavery closed in upon me; and behold a man transformed into a brute!
Murdstone, 'a sullen obdurate disposition is, of all tempers, the worst.
Persons of this character will proceed to an examination of the plan submitted by the convention, not only without a disposition to find or to magnify faults; but will see the propriety of reflecting, that a faultless plan was not to be expected.
Habits are at the same time dispositions, but dispositions are not necessarily habits.
Remember, Eliza, that he does not know Jane's disposition as you do.
From what is related of them, I reckon that their favorite diet was pork, and that they had lived upon it until a good part of their physical substance was swine's flesh, and their tempers and dispositions were very much akin to the hog.
The Indians, he says, were friendly in their dispositions, and honest to the most scrupulous degree in their intercourse with the white men.
It was necessary then to exact only the most moderate application from natures so little qualified to apply--to assist, in every practicable way, understandings so opaque and contracted--to be ever gentle, considerate, yielding even, to a certain point, with dispositions so irrationally perverse; but, having reached that culminating point of indulgence, you must fix your foot, plant it, root it in rock--become immutable as the towers of Ste.
THERE was no instance in which the social and kindly dispositions of the Typees were more forcibly evinced than in the manner the conducted their great fishing parties.
Habit had, however, so far altered the manners of this pliable person age, that he continued to serve the wood-chopper, who was in quest of some tobacco, while he related to his more gentle visitor the happy change that had taken place in the dispositions of his own countrymen.
He was just entering into life, full of spirits, and with all the liberal dispositions of an eldest son, who feels born only for expense and enjoyment.
If you have, then make such dispositions as you wish, and I shall always be discoverable in my room if required.