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.
First Known Use of predispose
Synonym Discussion of predispose
PREDISPOSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of predispose for English Language Learners
: to cause (someone) to be more likely to behave in a particular way or to be affected by a particular condition
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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