- the state of being prepossessed.
- a prejudice, especially one in favor of a person or thing.
Origin of prepossession
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2. predilection, liking, bias, interest.
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Examples from the Web for prepossession
But this only subjected me to reproach, as having a prepossession in his favour which I would not own.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
It may take him two or three years to come even on it; but it is a prepossession with him.Her Father's Daughter
She was then pleased to charge me with prepossession and prejudice.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Hadn't he usually in his heart a prepossession for some young lady?
Hadn't he usually a prepossession in his heart for some young lady?
- the state or condition of being prepossessed
- a prejudice or bias, esp a favourable one
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Word Origin and History for prepossession
1640s, noun of action from prepossess (v.).
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