from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make (someone) inclined to something in advance: His good manners predispose people in his favor. See Synonyms at incline.
- transitive v. To make susceptible or liable: conditions that predispose miners to lung disease.
- transitive v. Archaic To settle or dispose of in advance.
- intransitive v. To provide an inclination or susceptibility: a genetic trait that predisposes to the development of cancer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make someone susceptible to something (such as a disease).
- v. To make someone inclined to something in advance; to influence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To dispose or incline beforehand; to give a predisposition or bias to.
- transitive v. To make fit or susceptible beforehand; to give a tendency to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To incline beforehand; affect by a previous disposition or inclination; adapt beforehand; render susceptible or liable, either mentally or physically: as, to predispose the body to disease; to predispose the mind to anger.
- To create a previous disposition or inclination; cause a tendency in a particular direction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make susceptible
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NYU College of Dentistry researcher Dr. Gustavo D. Cruz has found that immigrants 'ethnicity and country of origin predispose them to caries and periodontal disease.
The key, Wilson said, is the group: Under certain circumstances, groups of cooperators can out-compete groups of non-cooperators, thereby ensuring that their genes -- including the ones that predispose them to cooperation -- are handed down to future generations.
If sustained, the dietary choices made by people undergoing short sleep could predispose them to obesity and increased risk of cardiovascular disease, the researchers wrote in an American Heart Association news release.
And fitness, along with a good diet, can also suppress the most common killer diseases that your genes might predispose you to.
Let us assume (for the sake of argument) that atheism does indeed predispose people to commit atrocities in the course of prosecuting a war.
Assume (for the sake of argument) that atheism does indeed predispose people to commit atrocities in the course of prosecuting a war.
Many of the risk factors for depression in general also predispose men to postpartum depression.
Lack of dietary fiber may predispose younger patients to both conditions, the researchers said.
At any rate, it wouldn't predispose me to buy this book.
Such negativity becomes doubly unfortunate, for it will in all likelihood predispose people to be prepared not to like the film, no matter what.