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[pree-puh-zes-ing] /ˌpri pəˈzɛs ɪŋ/
that impresses favorably; engaging or attractive:
a confident and prepossessing young man.
Origin of prepossessing
First recorded in 1635-45; prepossess + -ing2
Related forms
prepossessingly, adverb
prepossessingness, noun
unprepossessing, adjective
unprepossessingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unprepossessing
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  • Every evening is spent in cleaning guns, rummaging for unprepossessing treasures of shooting and fishing equipment.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • Altogether it was as unprepossessing a place as I had ever seen.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • Francis was very plain and unprepossessing in countenance, and shy and awkward in his manners.

  • Despite this evidence of a hasty toilet in semidarkness, he was not unprepossessing.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Yes, and her mother, if the older woman be such, is not at all unprepossessing.

  • Beneath an unprepossessing exterior she has a heart of gold.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • The town of Hounslow is as unprepossessing as its name, which is saying a great deal.

    The Bath Road Charles G. (Charles George) Harper
  • She was very plain in person, and unprepossessing in manners.

  • The visitor was found to be an Irishwoman, very stout and unprepossessing, who asked if she could see the General.

    Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee (His Son) Captain Robert E. Lee
  • Already I had forgotten the unprepossessing garb of the outer man.

    In Search of El Dorado Alexander MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for unprepossessing


not creating a favourable impression; unattractive


creating a favourable impression; attractive
Derived Forms
prepossessingly, adverb
prepossessingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unprepossessing

1816, from un- (1) "not" + prepossessing.



1640s, "causing prejudice," present participle adjective from prepossess. Opposite meaning "causing agreeable first impression" first recorded 1805.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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