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PREDISPOSITION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does predisposition mean? 

PREDISPOSITION (noun)
  The noun PREDISPOSITION has 3 senses:

1. susceptibility to a pathogen
2. an inclination beforehand to interpret statements in a particular way
3. a disposition in advance to react in a particular way

  Familiarity information: PREDISPOSITION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PREDISPOSITION (noun)


Sense 1predisposition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Susceptibility to a pathogen

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

predisposition; sensitivity

Hypernyms ("predisposition" is a kind of...):

susceptibility; susceptibleness (the state of being susceptible; easily affected)

Attribute:

sensitising; sensitizing (making susceptible or sensitive to either physical or emotional stimuli)

desensitising; desensitizing (making less susceptible or sensitive to either physical or emotional stimuli)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "predisposition"):

habitus (person's predisposition to be affected by something (as a disease))

sensitisation; sensitization (the state of being sensitive (as to an antigen))

hypersensitivity (pathological sensitivity)

diathesis (constitutional predisposition to a particular disease or abnormality)


Sense 2predisposition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An inclination beforehand to interpret statements in a particular way

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("predisposition" is a kind of...):

disposition; inclination; tendency (an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "predisposition"):

orientation; predilection; preference (a predisposition in favor of something)


Sense 3predisposition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A disposition in advance to react in a particular way

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("predisposition" is a kind of...):

disposition (a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing)


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