- 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.
- to give or furnish a tendency or inclination: an underground job that predisposes to lung infection.
Origin of predispose
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1. prearrange, prepare. 3. bias, incline.
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Examples from the Web for predispose
The expectation that a gun was involved appeared to predispose the cops toward deadly force.Police Know Better Than to Stand Their Ground
April 8, 2012
Your attentions flatter her, and predispose her to capitulate.Bardelys the Magnificent
Lemm's external appearance did not predispose one in his favour.A Nobleman's Nest
For this reason we believe that scurvy may predispose to frostbite.Scurvy Past and Present
Alfred Fabian Hess
And among women, it is only arid souls whom it does not predispose to love.The Red and the Black
As a matter of fact, he will have so disturbed himself as to predispose to insomnia.Psychotherapy
James J. Walsh
- (often foll by to or towards) to incline or make (someone) susceptible to something beforehand
- mainly law to dispose of (property, etc) beforehand; bequeath
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Word Origin and History for predispose
1640s, "to put into a certain frame of mind," perhaps a back-formation from predisposition. Related: Predisposed; predisposing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To make susceptible, as to a disease.
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