1) N-COUNT: usu with supp, oft N to-inf, N to/towards n/-ing If you have a predisposition to behave in a particular way, you tend to behave like that because of the kind of person that you are or the attitudes that you have. [FORMAL]

...a woman's predisposition to use the right side of her brain...

There is a thin dividing line between educating the public and creating a predisposition to panic.

2) N-COUNT: with supp, usu N to/towards n If you have a predisposition to a disease or illness, it is likely that you will suffer from that disease or illness. [FORMAL]

...a genetic predisposition to lung cancer.

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