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[pree-dis-puh-zish-uh n, pree-dis-] /priˌdɪs pəˈzɪʃ ən, ˌpri dɪs-/
the fact or condition of being predisposed:
a predisposition to think optimistically.
Medicine/Medical. tendency to a condition or quality, usually based on the combined effects of genetic and environmental factors.
Origin of predisposition
First recorded in 1615-25; pre- + disposition
Related forms
predispositional, adjective Unabridged
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  • Laws must be definite, and we should create in the citizens a predisposition to obey them.

    Laws Plato
  • There has been a predisposition to paralysis, which is the true nature of this attack.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • In every member of it he recognised character, and a predisposition which might even be genius.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • She understood not how fatal a predisposition lurked in her bosom.

  • Their views rather wearied me, despite my predisposition to favour them.

    The Message Alec John Dawson
  • In Bohemia, indeed, there had long been a predisposition to heresy.

  • He emphatically denies that there is in the embryo a predisposition to crime.

    A Plea for the Criminal James Leslie Allan Kayll
British Dictionary definitions for predisposition


the condition of being predisposed
(med) susceptibility to a specific disease See diathesis
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Word Origin and History for predisposition

1620s, from pre- + disposition.

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predisposition in Medicine

predisposition pre·dis·po·si·tion (prē'dĭs-pə-zĭsh'ən)

  1. The state of being predisposed.

  2. A condition of special susceptibility, as to a disease.

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