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
predispositionplay \ˌprē-ˌdis-pə-ˈzi-shən\ noun
Examples of predispose in a sentence
Past experiences have predisposed her to distrust people.
Did You Know?
Predispose usually means putting someone in a frame of mind to be willing to do something. So a longtime belief in the essential goodness of people, for example, will predispose us to trust a stranger. Teachers know that coming from a stable family generally predisposes children to learn. And viewing television violence for years may leave young people with a predisposition to accept real violence as normal. The medical sense of the word is similar. Thus, a person's genes may predispose her to diabetes or arthritis, and malnutrition over a long period can predispose you to all kinds of infections.
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Synonym Discussion of predispose
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>
predisposition\ˌprē-ˌdis-pə-ˈzi-shən\ play noun
Additional Notes on predispose
Predisposition on the part of a defendant vitiates the defense of entrapment.
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