- that impresses favorably; engaging or attractive: a confident and prepossessing young man.
Origin of prepossessing
- 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
Related Words for prepossessingalluring, fascinating, inviting, striking, fetching, charming, taking, winning, engaging, appealing, bewitching, enchanting, pleasing, drawing, fair, captivating, amiable, beautiful, good-looking, likable
Examples from the Web for prepossessing
Historical Examples of prepossessing
They were, all in all, the least prepossessing group he had ever seen.Way of the Lawless
"He is a person of most prepossessing manners," said Mrs. Merton.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Mr. Errett's personal appearance is striking and prepossessing.Cleveland Past and Present
I assumed a form most prepossessing and most amiable in her eyes.Imogen
He was wise, brave, ambitious and most prepossessing in appearance.Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
- creating a favourable impression; attractive
- 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
1640s, "causing prejudice," present participle adjective from prepossess. Opposite meaning "causing agreeable first impression" first recorded 1805.