Prepossessing
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]


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  • Prepossessing — Pre pos*sess ing, a. Tending to invite favor; attracting confidence, favor, esteem, or love; attractive; as, a prepossessing manner. {Pre pos*sess ing*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • prepossessing — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ attractive or appealing in appearance …   English terms dictionary

  • prepossessing — [prē΄pə zes′iŋ] adj. that prepossesses, or impresses favorably; pleasing; attractive prepossessingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • prepossessing — prepossessingly, adv. prepossessingness, n. /pree peuh zes ing/, adj. that impresses favorably; engaging or attractive: a confident and prepossessing young man. [1635 45; PREPOSSESS + ING2] * * * …   Universalium

  • prepossessing — adjective Tending to invite favor; attracting confidence, favor, esteem, or love; attractive; as, a prepossessing manner …   Wiktionary

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  • prepossessing — adjective formal looking attractive or pleasant: a prepossessing smile …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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