prepossessing

[pree-puh-zes-ing]

Origin:
1635–45; prepossess + -ing2

prepossessingly, adverb
prepossessingness, noun
unprepossessing, adjective
unprepossessingly, adverb
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prepossess

[pree-puh-zes]
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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prepossess (ˌpriːpəˈzɛs)
 
vb
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

prepossessing (ˌpriːpəˈzɛsɪŋ)
 
adj
creating a favourable impression; attractive
 
prepos'sessingly
 
adv
 
prepos'sessingness
 
n

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prepossess
1614, "to get possession of beforehand," from pre- + possess (q.v.). Meaning "to possess (a person) beforehand with a feeling, notion, etc." is from 1639; specifically, "to cause (someone) to have a favorable opinion of something" (1647). Prepossessing is from 1642 in sense of "causing prejudice;" opposite
meaning "causing agreeable first impression" first recorded 1805.
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Example sentences
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.
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