- 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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Examples from the Web for predisposed
Sometime during the flood, it seems, God came to peace with the idea that his creation was predisposed toward evil.The Backstory of ‘Noah’ Is Full of Giants, Horny Angels, and a Grieving God
March 28, 2014
Millennials, a generation shaped by GOP failure, are predisposed to vote Democratic.Love Affair Over? Obamacare Debacle Shakes Up Millennial Politics
November 18, 2013
But for the mind already planning such an act, or predisposed to such desires, the videogame provides a way for them to train.In Defense of a Good Guy With a Gun
April 28, 2013
Koh's view was that only those militants who were predisposed to attacking America could be killed.David's Bookclub: Kill or Capture
September 11, 2012
On the other hand, the invert would have no influence on an individual who was not predisposed.The Sexual Question
Had she not been predisposed to think her father in the right?We Two
Protection of children about to enter industry but predisposed to tuberculosis.Civics and Health
William H. Allen
A man who has bought a house with nothing to pay for it is also predisposed to clutch.The House
But no girl gets "outed," as you call it, unless she's predisposed that way.Windows (Fifth Series Plays)
- (often foll by to or towards) to incline or make (someone) susceptible to something beforehand
- mainly law to dispose of (property, etc) beforehand; bequeath
Word Origin and History for predisposed
1640s, "to put into a certain frame of mind," perhaps a back-formation from predisposition. Related: Predisposed; predisposing.
- To make susceptible, as to a disease.