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Predispose

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predispose

1. To dispose or incline beforehand; to give a predisposition or bias to; as, to predispose the mind to friendship.

2. To make fit or susceptible beforehand; to give a tendency to; as, debility predisposes the body to disease.

(Science: medicine) predisposing causes, causes which render the body liable to disease; predisponent causes.

Origin: Pref. Pre- _ dispose: cf. F. Predisposer.