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predispose

[pree-di-spohz] /ˌpri dɪˈspoʊz/
verb (used with object), predisposed, predisposing.
1.
to give an inclination or tendency to beforehand; make susceptible:
Genetic factors may predispose human beings to certain metabolic diseases.
2.
to render subject, susceptible, or liable:
The evidence predisposes him to public censure.
3.
to dispose beforehand.
4.
Archaic. to dispose of beforehand, as in a will, legacy, or the like.
verb (used without object), predisposed, predisposing.
5.
to give or furnish a tendency or inclination:
an underground job that predisposes to lung infection.
Origin of predispose
1640-1650
1640-50; pre- + dispose
Related forms
predisposal, noun
predisposedly
[pree-di-spoh-zid-lee, -spohzd-] /ˌpri dɪˈspoʊ zɪd li, -ˈspoʊzd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
predisposedness, noun
unpredisposed, adjective
unpredisposing, adjective
Synonyms
1. prearrange, prepare. 3. bias, incline.
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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

predispose

/ˌpriːdɪˈspəʊz/
verb (transitive)
1.
often foll by to or towards. to incline or make (someone) susceptible to something beforehand
2.
(mainly law) to dispose of (property, etc) beforehand; bequeath
Derived Forms
predisposal, noun
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Word Origin and History for predisposed

predispose

v.

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

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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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