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[pree-di-spohz] /ˌpri dɪˈspoʊz/
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.
Origin of predispose
First recorded in 1640-50; pre- + dispose
Related forms
predisposal, noun
[pree-di-spoh-zid-lee, -spohzd-] /ˌpri dɪˈspoʊ zɪd li, -ˈspoʊzd-/ (Show IPA),
predisposedness, noun
unpredisposed, adjective
unpredisposing, adjective
1. prearrange, prepare. 3. bias, incline. Unabridged
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  • But the predisposing causes for the assertion of independence were nearer home.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • Whether he was conscious of any predisposing cause was another question.

    The Short-story William Patterson Atkinson
  • We had, I think, none of the predisposing causes of fever at our place.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Whether he was conscious of any predisposing cause, was another question.

  • A previous attack is a predisposing influence to its recurrence.

    Sporting Dogs

    Frank Townend Barton
  • As with other vices, the predisposing cause is a lack of moral stamina.

  • What strikes me is a parallel in the predisposing causes of each attack.

    In a Glass Darkly, v. 2/3 Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • We do not well understand even the predisposing factors in its causation.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • There were, of course, predisposing conditions for this outburst.

British Dictionary definitions for predisposing


verb (transitive)
often foll by to or towards. to incline or make (someone) susceptible to something beforehand
(mainly law) to dispose of (property, etc) beforehand; bequeath
Derived Forms
predisposal, noun
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Word Origin and History for predisposing



1640s, "to put into a certain frame of mind," perhaps a back-formation from predisposition. Related: Predisposed; predisposing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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predisposing in Medicine

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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