Predisposition Law and Legal Definition

Predisposition is a term often used in criminal cases where a claim of entrapment is raised. Predisposition generally means a personal inclination or a ready response to solicitation. Government conduct may be considered to create a predisposition to commit a crime, even before any Government action to induce the commission of the crime. In JACOBSON v. UNITED STATES, 503 U.S. 540, the court held that the government must prove not only that a suspect was predisposed to commit the crime before the opportunity to commit it arose, but also before the Government came on the scene.