- 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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Examples from the Web for predisposing
If there is no predisposing trauma—well, that might mean real trouble.How Serious Is Hillary Clinton’s Blood Clot and Hospitalization?
December 31, 2012
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.Stories of Exile
A previous attack is a predisposing influence to its recurrence.Sporting Dogs
Frank Townend Barton
- (often foll by to or towards) to incline or make (someone) susceptible to something beforehand
- mainly law to dispose of (property, etc) beforehand; bequeath
Word Origin and History for predisposing
1640s, "to put into a certain frame of mind," perhaps a back-formation from predisposition. Related: Predisposed; predisposing.
- To make susceptible, as to a disease.