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[pree-di-spohz] /ˌpri dɪˈspoʊz/
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.
Origin of predispose
1640-50; pre- + dispose
Related forms
predisposal, noun
[pree-di-spoh-zid-lee, -spohzd-] /ˌpri dɪˈspoʊ zɪd li, -ˈspoʊzd-/ (Show IPA),
predisposedness, noun
unpredisposed, adjective
unpredisposing, adjective
1. prearrange, prepare. 3. bias, incline. Unabridged
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  • People usually see what they want to see, what they are predisposed to see.

    Public Speaking Clarence Stratton
  • On the other hand, the invert would have no influence on an individual who was not predisposed.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • There was another reflection also which mingled with these melancholy thoughts, and predisposed him to receive them.

  • Had she not been predisposed to think her father in the right?

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • Again: The less we know of or think about Hygiene, the less we are predisposed to sickness.

    The Religio-Medical Masquerade Frederick William Peabody
  • A man who has bought a house with nothing to pay for it is also predisposed to clutch.

    The House Eugene Field
British Dictionary definitions for predisposed


verb (transitive)
often foll by to or towards. to incline or make (someone) susceptible to something beforehand
(mainly law) to dispose of (property, etc) beforehand; bequeath
Derived Forms
predisposal, noun
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Word Origin and History for predisposed



1640s, "to put into a certain frame of mind," perhaps a back-formation from predisposition. Related: Predisposed; predisposing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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predisposed in Medicine

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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