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Is it correct to say "My disposition and dedication have become more rooted in this field"? What does disposition mean here?

I looked it up in a dictionary, but still can't completely feel the meaning or understand it. Does disposition there mean interest, tendency, passion, etc?

Thank you very much!

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    Have you looked the word up in a dictionary? If not please do. If you have please explain what you don't understand about it (either in general or specifically in that sentence). – Avon Jul 2 '15 at 23:11
  • Thanks, Avon. I did look it up in a dictionary, but still can't completely feel the meaning or understand it. Does disposition there mean interest, tendency, passion, etc? Thanks. – asdhkashd Jul 3 '15 at 15:34
  • Disposition has several meanings. You want the one that refers to one's personality and "mood" -- cheerful, somber, unemotional, friendly, distant, argumentative, etc. – Hot Licks Nov 7 '15 at 5:43
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It has two possible meanings (at least according to Google):

  1. a person's inherent qualities of mind and character.
    "a sweet-natured girl of a placid disposition"
    "the book is not recommended to readers of a nervous disposition"
    synonyms: temperament, nature, character, constitution, make-up, grain, humour, temper, mentality, turn of mind;

  2. the way in which something is placed or arranged, especially in relation to other things.
    "the plan shows the disposition of the rooms"

The latter could work as a metaphor: the orientation of his rooting in the field. It would be a bit of a pun too - alluding to 'field' in the more common sense of the word. (Root is a bit of a pun there after all.)

However, I think it is mostly if not completely using the first definition because it seems to go better with dedication. It doesn't quite work as that in my opinion (so I can understand your confusion):

"My inherent qualities of mind and character have become more rooted in this field" doesn't really make sense but certain synonyms are clearer: "My nature|mentality has become more rooted in this field"

I think it really just means "My thoughts and feelings" (or indeed interests, passions as you suggest) and is a slightly fancy and incorrect way of saying it. That there is the metaphor/pun however might have been the motivation behind using it and it makes it good in my opinion: I'd generally prefer a slightly amusing/confusing sentence to a boring/perfectly clear one (except when I'm in a hurry).

  • One more thing if you please. Can you suggest a different word to replace "disposition" in this sentence? Something that is formal and shows commitment? Thanks again! – asdhkashd Jul 5 '15 at 17:43
  • @asdhkashd The words you said are good: "passion", "interests". "Focus" perhaps. "Edification" maybe. – Avon Jul 5 '15 at 17:55

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