disposal


disposal
disposal, disposition
In general, disposal is the noun corresponding to dispose of (= get rid of) and disposition corresponds to dispose (= arrange). So the disposition of the furniture refers to the way the furniture is laid out, whereas the disposal of the furniture refers to its removal. Disposal also occurs in the fixed expression at one's disposal, and disposition has the special meaning ‘temperament, natural tendency’.

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  • disposal — disposal, disposition are frequently used without clear distinction when they mean the act or the power of disposing of something. However, when the emphasis is upon what shall be done with money, property, or possessions, disposal tends to imply …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Disposal — Dis*pos al, n. [From {Dispose}.] 1. The act of disposing, or disposing of, anything; arrangement; orderly distribution; a putting in order; as, the disposal of the troops in two lines. [1913 Webster] 2. Ordering; regulation; adjustment;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disposal — ► NOUN ▪ the action or process of disposing. ● at one s disposal Cf. ↑at one s disposal …   English terms dictionary

  • disposal — [di spō′zəl] n. 1. the act of disposing; specif., a) arrangement in a particular order [the disposal of furniture in a room] b) a dealing with matters or settling of affairs c) a giving away; transfer; bestowal d) a getting rid of 2. the power to …   English World dictionary

  • disposal — [n1] parting with or throwing something away auctioning, bartering, chucking, clearance, conveyance, demolishing, demolition, destroying, destruction, discarding, dispatching, dispensation, disposition, dumping, ejection, jettison, jettisoning,… …   New thesaurus

  • disposal — index administration, allotment, cession, conveyance, disbursement (act of disbursing), dismissal (termination of a proceeding), dispatch (act of putting to death) …   Law dictionary

  • disposal — 1620s, power to make use of; see DISPOSE (Cf. dispose) + AL (Cf. al) (2); of waste material, from c.1960, originally in medical use …   Etymology dictionary

  • disposal — n. availability 1) to have at one s disposal (I had a huge car at my disposal) 2) to place smt. at smb. s disposal 3) at smb. s disposal device used to grind up garbage 4) a garbage disposal; or: a garbage disposal unit elimination of refuse 5)… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • disposal — dis|pos|al [dıˈspəuzəl US ˈspou ] n 1.) [U] when you get rid of something disposal of ▪ the safe disposal of radioactive waste ▪ bomb disposal experts 2.) at sb s disposal available for someone to use ▪ Tanner had a lot of cash at his disposal …   Dictionary of contemporary English