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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
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Examples from the web for unprepossessing
  • Every evening is spent in cleaning guns, rummaging for unprepossessing treasures of shooting and fishing equipment.
  • The rest of the refugees are a similarly unprepossessing lot.
  • Compared with the giant skeletons that spin museum turnstiles, this embedded crocodile tooth is an unprepossessing fleck.
  • Despite this unprepossessing outlook, the bank envisages a recovery starting by the end of the year.
  • The purity and breadth of this meticulous study are all the more gratifying in view of its unprepossessing style.
  • It looked suspiciously unprepossessing from the outside.
  • His hair was unkempt, his cloth ing soiled and torn and his appearance generally unprepossessing.
British Dictionary definitions for unprepossessing

unprepossessing

/ˌʌnpriːpəˈzɛsɪŋ/
adjective
1.
not creating a favourable impression; unattractive

prepossessing

/ˌpriːpəˈzɛsɪŋ/
adjective
1.
creating a favourable impression; attractive
Derived Forms
prepossessingly, adverb
prepossessingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unprepossessing
adj.

1816, from un- (1) "not" + prepossessing.

prepossessing

adj.

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

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