- to possess or dominate mentally beforehand, as a prejudice does.
- to prejudice or bias, especially favorably.
- to impress favorably beforehand or at the outset.
Origin of prepossess
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Examples from the Web for prepossess
Their thin and pallid faces did not prepossess me in favour of the life they were leading.Dick Cheveley
W. H. G. Kingston
But again I ask, do not strive to prepossess me against him.My Novel, Complete
All this formed an ensemble which did not prepossess one in his favor.Paul and His Dog, v.1 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIII)
Charles Paul de Kock
The first view I had of this individual did not prepossess me in his favour.Sheilah McLeod</p>
I saw him again, as you shall hear, but he failed to prepossess me in his favour.Captain Macedoine's Daughter
- to preoccupy or engross mentally
- to influence in advance for or against a person or thing; prejudice; bias
- to make a favourable impression on beforehand
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Word Origin and History for prepossess
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