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.

1640–50; pre- + dispose

predisposal, noun
predisposedly [pree-di-spoh-zid-lee, -spohzd-] , adverb
predisposedness, noun
unpredisposed, adjective
unpredisposing, adjective

1. prearrange, prepare. 3. bias, incline.
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predispose (ˌpriːdɪˈspəʊz)
vb (often foll by to or towards)
1.  to incline or make (someone) susceptible to something beforehand
2.  chiefly law to dispose of (property, etc) beforehand; bequeath

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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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