from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state of being predisposed; tendency, inclination, or susceptibility.
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- n. the state of being predisposed or susceptible to something, especially to a disease or other health problem
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of predisposing, or the state of being predisposed; previous inclination, tendency, or propensity; predilection; -- applied to the mind.
- n. Previous fitness or adaptation to any change, impression, or purpose; susceptibility; -- applied to material things.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. Specifically, in medicine, a condition of body in which a slight exciting cause may produce disease.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an inclination beforehand to interpret statements in a particular way
- n. susceptibility to a pathogen
- n. a disposition in advance to react in a particular way
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Human beings come into the world with a predisposition to believe in supernatural phenomena — and this predisposition is a by-product of cognitive functioning gone awry
And two: this predisposition is an incidental by-product of cognitive functioning gone awry.
Hitchens, a wily wordsmith, ever too unpredictable for predisposition, is a wild card by any measure who in a talk-show throwaway once referred to Chávez as an 'oil-rich clown.'
That there is no fundamental (genetic) difference in predisposition to (modern standards of) intelligence across the races (which we should remember are arbitrary categories, not biological ones) is not news.
Its basic requirement is the display of a certain predisposition to violence.
I was on Maui for a week a few years back and visited a bunch of plate lunch joints, realizing that a 4000-calorie lunch, along with a genetic predisposition, is why many Hawaiians, who are perhaps the world’s warmest and friendliest people, weigh 400 pounds or more.
The players come to your game with a certain predisposition, it’s nice to respect that.
One theory gaining interest is that the child will have a genetic predisposition, which is then exasperated by environmental factors.
There is a state however between perfect health and disease, which is called predisposition; and in which, though the functions are undisturbed, the slightest cause will bring on disease.
While there are other causes for diabetes such as predisposition and an aging population, obesity is thought to be largely responsible for this surge.