Simple Definition of predispose
: to cause (someone) to be more likely to behave in a particular way or to be affected by a particular condition
Full Definition of predispose
1 : to dispose in advance <a good teacher predisposes children to learn>
2 : to make susceptible <malnutrition predisposes one to disease>
: to bring about susceptibility
Examples of predispose in a sentence
Past experiences have predisposed her to distrust people.
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Rhymes with predispose
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Medical Definition of predispose
transitive verb: to make susceptible <malnutrition predisposes one to disease>
intransitive verb: to bring about susceptibility <conditions that predispose to infection>
Legal Definition of predispose
: to dispose or incline in advance; specifically : to make ready and willing to commit a crime <have been predisposed to engage in criminal behavior — W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel>
Additional Notes on predispose
Predisposition on the part of a defendant vitiates the defense of entrapment.
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