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 give or furnish a tendency or inclination: an underground job that predisposes to lung infection.
- pre·dis·pos·al, noun
- un·pre·dis·pos·ing, adjective
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How to use predispose in a sentence
That means this group is predisposed to fear change even more than the average person.
There’s also no clear link to underlying conditions that might predispose someone to develop long covid.
People who are genetically predisposed to schizophrenia might be more likely to suffer these side-effects, experts point out.Meditation isn’t always calming. For a select few, it may lead to psychosis. | Claire Maldarelli | June 21, 2021 | Popular-Science
While there’s still a lot researchers don’t know, some believe, based on case-reports, that people who are predisposed to mental illness, particularly schizophrenia, are more at risk.Meditation isn’t always calming. For a select few, it may lead to psychosis. | Claire Maldarelli | June 21, 2021 | Popular-Science
Scientists used to believe women were predisposed to identifying their children’s cries, while men exhibited worse traits of recognition.
These are significant changes that will simultaneously predispose them to a more conservative view of the world.Forget 2012: Long-Term Demographic Trends Favorable to Republicans | Michael Medved | November 28, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The expectation that a gun was involved appeared to predispose the cops toward deadly force.
Why does maternal hip width predispose to cancer in babies born to that mother?
The use of alcohol is believed by many physicians to predispose a person to tuberculosis.A Civic Biology | George William Hunter
The same causes also predispose plants as well as animals, to epidemic attacks of disease.
But her experience of Montrose and Meath did not predispose her towards the provincial atmosphere.Lola Montez | Edmund B. d'Auvergne
As a matter of fact, he will have so disturbed himself as to predispose to insomnia.Psychotherapy | James J. Walsh
It is evident that certain conditions predispose to headache.Psychotherapy | James J. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for predispose
(often foll by to or towards) to incline or make (someone) susceptible to something beforehand
mainly law to dispose of (property, etc) beforehand; bequeath
- predisposal, noun
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