- 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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- (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 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
- To make susceptible, as to a disease.
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