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[pree-dis-puh-zish-uh n, pree-dis-] /priˌdɪs pəˈzɪʃ ən, ˌpri dɪs-/
the fact or condition of being predisposed:
a predisposition to think optimistically.
Medicine/Medical. tendency to a condition or quality, usually based on the combined effects of genetic and environmental factors.
Origin of predisposition
1615-25; pre- + disposition
Related forms
predispositional, adjective Unabridged
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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


the condition of being predisposed
(med) susceptibility to a specific disease See diathesis
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Word Origin and History for predisposition

1620s, from pre- + disposition.

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predisposition in Medicine

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

  1. The state of being predisposed.

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

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