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prepossessing

[pree-puh-zes-ing] /ˌpri pəˈzɛs ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
that impresses favorably; engaging or attractive:
a confident and prepossessing young man.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; prepossess + -ing2
Related forms
prepossessingly, adverb
prepossessingness, noun
unprepossessing, adjective
unprepossessingly, adverb

prepossess

[pree-puh-zes] /ˌpri pəˈzɛs/
verb (used with object)
1.
to possess or dominate mentally beforehand, as a prejudice does.
2.
to prejudice or bias, especially favorably.
3.
to impress favorably beforehand or at the outset.
Origin
1605-15; pre- + possess
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Examples from the web for prepossessing
  • The countenance of the old lady is not prepossessing.
  • He is a prepossessing villain, but his imitation of a staggering drunkard is hardly convincing.
  • Now they are prepossessing farmer's water, to drain into the sea.
  • If her appearance were more prepossessing she could make a fortune.
  • Grant has a modest way of talking that is decidedly prepossessing.
British Dictionary definitions for prepossessing

prepossessing

/ˌpriːpəˈzɛsɪŋ/
adjective
1.
creating a favourable impression; attractive
Derived Forms
prepossessingly, adverb
prepossessingness, noun

prepossess

/ˌpriːpəˈzɛs/
verb (transitive)
1.
to preoccupy or engross mentally
2.
to influence in advance for or against a person or thing; prejudice; bias
3.
to make a favourable impression on beforehand
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Word Origin and History for prepossessing
adj.

1640s, "causing prejudice," present participle adjective from prepossess. Opposite meaning "causing agreeable first impression" first recorded 1805.

prepossess

v.

1610s, "to get possession of beforehand," from pre- + possess. Meaning "to possess (a person) beforehand with a feeling, notion, etc." is from 1630s; specifically, "to cause (someone) to have a favorable opinion of something" (1640s). Related: Prepossessed; prepossessing.

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