- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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
Word Origin and History for prepossessing
1640s, "causing prejudice," present participle adjective from prepossess. Opposite meaning "causing agreeable first impression" first recorded 1805.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper