Prepossess Pre`pos*sess", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prepossessed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prepossessing}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To preoccupy, as ground or land; to take previous possession of. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To preoccupy, as the mind or heart, so as to preclude other things; hence, to bias or prejudice; to give a previous inclination to, for or against anything; esp., to induce a favorable opinion beforehand, or at the outset. [1913 Webster]

It created him enemies, and prepossessed the lord general. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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