follow Dictionary.com

Do you know ghouls from goblins and ghosts?

predisposition

[pree-dis-puh-zish-uh n, pree-dis-] /priˌdɪs pəˈzɪʃ ən, ˌpri dɪs-/
noun
1.
the fact or condition of being predisposed:
a predisposition to think optimistically.
2.
Medicine/Medical. tendency to a condition or quality, usually based on the combined effects of genetic and environmental factors.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; pre- + disposition
Related forms
predispositional, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for predisposition
  • One thing not mentioned: the genetic predisposition toward addiction about which our kids need to be educated.
  • Hence, our ancestors were selected with a predisposition to favor sugary things.
  • Price wanted to describe mathematically how a genetic predisposition to altruism could evolve.
  • But the predisposition requires social experience to be activated.
  • Ones facial features are determined by genetics that have nothing to do with a cultural predisposition.
  • So learning you have a genetic predisposition should be especially toxic.
  • In an environment that allows people to be sedentary, those with a biological predisposition to sit still will do so, he said.
  • Now, true, one's predisposition or personal history could incline one toward certain types of arguments over others.
  • It may even be the predisposition to gather news from particular sources or to vote in certain ways.
  • The stickleback study does not reveal a cure for such a predisposition to cancer in humans, she said.
British Dictionary definitions for predisposition

predisposition

/ˌpriːdɪspəˈzɪʃən/
noun
1.
the condition of being predisposed
2.
(med) susceptibility to a specific disease See diathesis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for predisposition
n.

1620s, from pre- + disposition.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
predisposition in Medicine

predisposition pre·dis·po·si·tion (prē'dĭs-pə-zĭsh'ən)
n.

  1. The state of being predisposed.

  2. A condition of special susceptibility, as to a disease.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for predisposition

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for predisposition

19
22
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with predisposition