v. pre·dis·posed, pre·dis·pos·ing, pre·dis·pos·es
1. To make (someone) inclined to something in advance: His good manners predispose people in his favor.
2. To make susceptible or liable: conditions that predispose miners to lung disease.
To provide an inclination or susceptibility: a genetic trait that predisposes to the development of cancer.
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