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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
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  • The effects of maternal care are so strong that they seem to outweigh genetic predispositions.
  • In the evolutionary psychology literature, you see that those are evolved predispositions.
  • In that state, they are more likely to consider the merits of an argument that runs contrary to their cultural predispositions.
  • The substantive quality is evident too, whatever one's ideological predispositions.
  • We believe that medicine will soon find ways to cure all these diseases and genetic problems and predispositions to weakness.
  • Societal expectations play a huge role in human behavior as well as genetic predispositions.
  • All of these elements exacerbate the genetic predispositions to the conditions you describe.
  • We are always subject to our genetic predispositions.
  • True, there are inborn genetic errors and predispositions, it is all unfortunate and deserve funding and research.
  • Whatever their corporate predispositions, companies tend to not leave too much money lying around uncollected.
Word Origin and History for predispositions

predisposition

n.

1620s, from pre- + disposition.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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predispositions 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.

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