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[pree-puh-zesh-uh n] /ˌpri pəˈzɛʃ ən/
the state of being prepossessed.
a prejudice, especially one in favor of a person or thing.
Origin of prepossession
1640-50; pre- + possession
Related forms
prepossessionary, adjective
2. predilection, liking, bias, interest. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • He had not even seen the bey, and it could not have arisen from any prepossession in his favour.

  • But this only subjected me to reproach, as having a prepossession in his favour which I would not own.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • What I seem to see is that he and I both approach Christianity with a prepossession, with, as he says, "a philosophy."

    The History of David Grieve Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • It may take him two or three years to come even on it; but it is a prepossession with him.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • However, with all his foibles, he is a charming creature, and prepossession only can blind you to his merit.'

    Camilla Fanny Burney
  • Hadn't he usually a prepossession in his heart for some young lady?

  • Who cannot perceive in these words the surest marks of prepossession and fear?

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • Could he swear that he had never whispered with the present object of his prepossession?

  • Here was her prepossession all the while—that the thing would seem absurd, not that there was sin in it.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • If she suspected any prepossession elsewhere, it could not be in that quarter.

    Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
British Dictionary definitions for prepossession


the state or condition of being prepossessed
a prejudice or bias, esp a favourable one
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Word Origin and History for prepossession

1640s, noun of action from prepossess (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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