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verb (used with object)
  1. to possess or dominate mentally beforehand, as a prejudice does.
  2. to prejudice or bias, especially favorably.
  3. to impress favorably beforehand or at the outset.
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Origin of prepossess

First recorded in 1605–15; pre- + possess
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

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    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • All this formed an ensemble which did not prepossess one in his favor.

  • The first view I had of this individual did not prepossess me in his favour.

    Sheilah McLeod

    Guy Boothby

  • I saw him again, as you shall hear, but he failed to prepossess me in his favour.

British Dictionary definitions for prepossess


verb (tr)
  1. to preoccupy or engross mentally
  2. to influence in advance for or against a person or thing; prejudice; bias
  3. to make a favourable impression on beforehand
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Word Origin and History for prepossess


1610s, "to get possession of beforehand," from pre- + possess. Meaning "to possess (a person) beforehand with a feeling, notion, etc." is from 1630s; specifically, "to cause (someone) to have a favorable opinion of something" (1640s). Related: Prepossessed; prepossessing.

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