verb (used with object), predisposed, predisposing.
to give an inclination or tendency to beforehand; make susceptible: Genetic factors may predispose human beings to certain metabolic diseases.
to render subject, susceptible, or liable: The evidence predisposes him to public censure.
to dispose beforehand.
Archaic. to dispose of beforehand, as in a will, legacy, or the like.
verb (used without object), predisposed, predisposing.
to give or furnish a tendency or inclination: an underground job that predisposes to lung infection.

1640–50; pre- + dispose

predisposal, noun
predisposedly [pree-di-spoh-zid-lee, -spohzd-] , adverb
predisposedness, noun
unpredisposed, adjective
unpredisposing, adjective

1. prearrange, prepare. 3. bias, incline. Unabridged
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predispose (ˌpriːdɪˈspəʊz)
vb (often foll by to or towards)
1.  to incline or make (someone) susceptible to something beforehand
2.  chiefly law to dispose of (property, etc) beforehand; bequeath

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predispose pre·dis·pose (prē'dĭ-spōz')
v. pre·dis·posed, pre·dis·pos·ing, pre·dis·pos·es
To make susceptible, as to a disease.

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Example sentences
Genes that predispose people to depression, though, also influence their risk
  of experiencing negative environmental events.
Certain genetic disorders predispose people to respiratory infections.
The results indicate that the cellular changes could predispose the prostate to
  disease in adulthood.
It should be a major goal of science to understand the genes that predispose us
  to do one thing as opposed to another.
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