Definition of predisposition in English:



  • A liability or tendency to suffer from a particular condition, hold a particular attitude, or act in a particular way.

    ‘a child may inherit a predisposition to schizophrenia’
    [mass noun] ‘factors including genetic predisposition’
    • ‘Insurers wanted to use the tests to lower premiums to policyholders who were free from certain genetic predispositions to particular illnesses.’
    • ‘While information about people's genetic predispositions is collected much less often than other medical information, its collection is on the rise.’
    • ‘The complexity of genetic diseases has been far greater than anticipated, and the public's interest in learning about genetic predispositions is unexpectedly low.’
    • ‘Attitudes are predispositions to act in a particular situation, and involve three elements.’
    • ‘Houllier will now have a predisposition to the condition and must watch the levels of cholesterol in his blood.’
    • ‘There is always a genetic predisposition in such individuals.’
    • ‘We make things ‘better’ in a variety of ways, but the resulting invention still doesn't perfectly fit our genetic predispositions.’
    • ‘Moreover, understanding genetic influences as predispositions or limiting factors still leaves a potentially broad sphere of human freedom and moral accountability.’
    • ‘Commonly attributed factors might include temperament or genetic predispositions toward risk taking.’
    • ‘This aspect of attitude concerns a predisposition or intention to behave in a certain way.’
    • ‘The social environment is shaped by and expresses genetic factors, and genetic predispositions require specific social processes for their expression.’
    • ‘The book touches briefly on the issue of genetic predispositions, but does not dwell on it.’
    • ‘They are habits, predispositions, deeply engrained attitudes of aversion and preference.’
    • ‘You can see genetic predispositions to certain things pop up along the family tree.’
    • ‘‘Environmental toxins, genetic predispositions and even diet appear to influence and sometimes disrupt this process,’ he added.’
    preference, predilection, inclination, leaning, propensity, bent, proclivity, penchant, liking
    susceptibility, proneness, tendency, liability, inclination, disposition, vulnerability, weakness
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