to possess or dominate mentally beforehand, as a prejudice does.
to prejudice or bias, especially favorably.
to impress favorably beforehand or at the outset.
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How to use prepossess in a sentence
But still there have been great acts of cruelty committed; quite enough to prepossess us against you as a body.Newton Forster | Captain Frederick Marryat
His countenance wore a reckless look that did not serve to prepossess him with the people at whose mercy he stood.That Affair Next Door | Anna Katharine Green
In fact, my appearance was by no means calculated to prepossess people in my favour.The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19 | Various
His stay was not very long; not one of us divined the object of his visit, and he did not prepossess us favourably.Uncle Silas | J. S. LeFanu
I am not going to prepossess you against even our village scold, by telling her name.Deerbrook | Harriet Martineau
British Dictionary definitions for prepossess
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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