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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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Examples from the web for predisposed
  • Some may be predisposed to want to support or undermine a particular candidate.
  • The researchers suggest that she could have been genetically predisposed to heart problems.
  • But some people are more predisposed to it than others, he said.
  • Doctors were predisposed to use the test for several reasons.
  • Certain alleles could have predisposed people to a tonal-language structure.
  • The only ones who know the literature in detail, are those who are already convinced, or predisposed to being convinced.
  • To ensure the long-term survival of our species, we're genetically predisposed to be attracted to symmetrical faces.
  • Rarely fatal, it can be debilitating to those predisposed.
  • In the purge cycle, people are predisposed not to buy.
  • It travelled on into areas less predisposed to the formation of stars.
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.

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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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