noun Date: 1648 1. archaic prior possession 2. an attitude, belief, or impression formed beforehand ; prejudice 3. an exclusive concern with one idea or object ; preoccupation Synonyms: see predilection

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  • Prepossession — Pre pos*ses sion, n. [1913 Webster] 1. Preoccupation; prior possession. Hammond. [1913 Webster] 2. Preoccupation of the mind by an opinion, or impression, already formed; preconceived opinion; previous impression; bias; generally, but not always …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prepossession — index compulsion (obsession), foregone conclusion, inequity, partiality, preconception, predetermination, predilection …   Law dictionary

  • prepossession — partiality, prejudice, bias, *predilection Analogous words: bent, turn, knack, aptitude, *gift: ieaning, penchant: predisposition, inclination (see corresponding verbs at INCLINE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prepossession — noun 1. the condition of being prepossessed the king s prepossession in my favor is very valuable • Hypernyms: ↑condition, ↑status 2. an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence he did not even try to confirm his preconceptions • Syn:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • prepossession — prepossessionary, adj. /pree peuh zesh euhn/, n. 1. the state of being prepossessed. 2. a prejudice, esp. one in favor of a person or thing. [1640 50; PRE + POSSESSION] Syn. 2. predilection, liking, bias, interest. * * * …   Universalium

  • prepossession — noun /pɹiːpəˈzɛʃən/ a) Preoccupation; having possession beforehand. The spontaneous intellect of man always defines the divine which it feels in ways that harmonise with its temporary intellectual prepossessions. b) A preconceived opinion, or… …   Wiktionary

  • prepossession — Synonyms and related words: adoption, adverse possession, affinity, alodium, appropriation, arrogation, assumption, bag, bent, bias, burgage, chosen kind, claim, colonization, colony, complex, compulsion, conquest, cup of tea, de facto, de jure,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • prepossession — I (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Preoccupation] Syn. dreaming, pastime, problem; see distraction 2 . 2. [Bias] Syn. tendency, aversion, partiality; see inclination 1 , prejudice . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. An inclination for or against that inhibits …   English dictionary for students

  • prepossession — pre·pos ses·sion || ‚prɪːpÉ™ zeʃn n. positive impression; tendency, inclination; prejudice, bias, preconceived opinion …   English contemporary dictionary

  • prepossession — n. 1. Preoccupation, prior possession. 2. Bias, one sidedness, bent, preconceived opinion, inclination, preconception, prejudgment, prejudice …   New dictionary of synonyms

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