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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n predisposition a disposition in advance to react in a particular way
    • n predisposition an inclination beforehand to interpret statements in a particular way
    • n predisposition susceptibility to a pathogen
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Predisposition Previous fitness or adaptation to any change, impression, or purpose; susceptibility; -- applied to material things; as, the predisposition of the body to disease.
    • Predisposition The act of predisposing, or the state of being predisposed; previous inclination, tendency, or propensity; predilection; -- applied to the mind; as, a predisposition to anger.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n predisposition The state of being previously disposed in a particular direction; previous tendency or inclination; mental or physical liability or susceptibility, as to a particular mode of thought or action.
    • n predisposition Specifically, in medicine, a condition of body in which a slight exciting cause may produce disease.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Predisposition state of being predisposed or previously inclined: a state of body in which disease is easily excited
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. pre-, + disposition,: cf. F. prédisposition,


In literature:

The hereditary tendencies and predispositions undoubtedly have a great deal to do with such puzzling cases.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
The spectator, by this means, was drawn into a predisposition of its excellence, without knowing whence it had arisen.
"Rembrandt and His Works" by John Burnet
There appears to be a strong predisposition in cattle to take on this disease.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
"History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present" by Peter Charles Remondino
But there might be a predisposition.
"Mistress Anne" by Temple Bailey
The likelihood of the children, in turn, inheriting any such predisposition, depends on the answer to the inquiry we first put.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
We are then obliged to admit that at this period many minds shared a predisposition to religious ecstacy and enthusiasm.
"Mystics and Saints of Islam" by Claud Field
Unfortunately, it is not merely as a cause of disease that hereditary predisposition is to be dreaded.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
Their views rather wearied me, despite my predisposition to favour them.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
In Congress there was a strong predisposition in favor of this same route, but during 1902 this was weakened.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
There has been a predisposition to paralysis, which is the true nature of this attack.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
A bright youth was apprenticed by his father to some trade for which he may have shown some predisposition.
"The Curse of Education" by Harold E. Gorst
In the experiments that he had made he affirms that he never observed an individual or unhealthy predisposition of the nourishing plant.
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
Why is hereditary predisposition to be dreaded?
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
Percival's mind, she might not have felt quite so certain about his predispositions towards her adopted aunt.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Him, like some others, change seems merely to have confirmed in his native predispositions and prejudices.
"Pot-Boilers" by Clive Bell
Nothing could be more in accordance with the predispositions of my mind.
"A Morning's Walk from London to Kew" by Richard Phillips
The fundamental or ground predisposition is a neuropathic hereditary bias.
"A Problem in Modern Ethics" by John Addington Symonds
At most heredity is only thought to confer a predisposition.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
I had a strong predisposition towards a tragic climax to a serious story.
"My First Book:" by Various

In news:

Familial adenomatous polyposis is an inherited genetic condition with an increased predisposition to multiple colorectal adenomatous polyps, and thence to colorectal cancer.
A "genetic thrombophilia," or an inherited predisposition to develop blood clots, affects both you and your family.
A "genetic thrombophilia," or an inherited predisposition to develop blood clots, affects both you and your family.
CNN's John King reports O'Neill retracted characterization that Bush had predisposition to Iraq war.
Researchers have identified a novel rare, germline mutation linked to a predisposition for both melanoma and renal cell carcinoma (RCC) that results in a five-fold increased risk of developing melanoma, RCC, or both.
The BRCA1 gene was cloned in 1994 as one of the genes that conferred genetic predisposition to early-onset breast and ovarian cancer.
Genetic predisposition to dyslipidemia associated with Type 2 diabetes risk.
Slavery's Predisposition to Today's Juggling.
50% of Colon-Rectal Cancers Tied to Genetic Predisposition .
An inherited predisposition contributes to more than half of all cases of colon and rectal cancer, a new study has found.
50% of Colon- Rectal Cancers Tied to Genetic Predisposition.
Poor health and dietary habits, criminal behaviour and genetic predisposition will severly impact morbidity statistics.
Everyone with the disease is born with a genetic susceptibility to it, though only a small minority of those with the predisposition actually develop diabetes, probably as a result of an environmental trigger.
Genome sequencing is "revolutionising" medicine, but it could also have a huge impact on how society deals with criminals found to have a genetic predisposition towards violence.
Sleeping more may help you fight a genetic predisposition to gain weight, a new study says.

In science:

Following the natural predisposition of cosmologists towards the use of the word crisis, I would call this empasse the energy crisis of the cosmic baryons.
The Heating of the ICM: Energy Crisis and viable solutions
John Stocke remarked on my career-long predisposition to drift scan observing; like the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA (ALFALFA) superior data quality in a survey, demonstrates that “keeping it simple” delivers highly efficient manner.
Conference Summary: HI Science in the Next Decade
With respect to question 5, we see that the recommendation service is regarded as overall positive but judged more critically (23.3 % negative (rating 1 or 2) answers in question 5) compared to the general predisposition to be interested in getting to know new people (7.1 % negative answers in question 4).
Interest-Based vs. Social Person-Recommenders in Social Networking Platforms