[ pree-di-spohz ]
/ ˌpri dɪˈspoʊz /
verb (used with object), pre·dis·posed, pre·dis·pos·ing.
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), pre·dis·posed, pre·dis·pos·ing.
to give or furnish a tendency or inclination: an underground job that predisposes to lung infection.
pre·dis·pos·al, nounpre·dis·pos·ed·ly [pree-di-spoh-zid-lee, -spohzd-] /ˌpri dɪˈspoʊ zɪd li, -ˈspoʊzd-/, adverbpre·dis·pos·ed·ness, nounun·pre·dis·posed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for predisposal
/ (ˌpriːdɪˈspəʊz) /
(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 Formspredisposal, noun
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Word Origin and History for predisposal
1640s, "to put into a certain frame of mind," perhaps a back-formation from predisposition. Related: Predisposed; predisposing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Medicine definitions for predisposal
[ prē′dĭ-spōz′ ]
To make susceptible, as to a disease.
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