prepossession

[ pree-puh-zesh-uhn ]
/ ˌpri pəˈzɛʃ ən /

noun

the state of being prepossessed.
a prejudice, especially one in favor of a person or thing.

Nearby words

  1. prepositional verb,
  2. prepositive,
  3. prepositor,
  4. prepossess,
  5. prepossessing,
  6. preposterous,
  7. prepostor,
  8. prepotency,
  9. prepotent,
  10. prepotential

Origin of prepossession

First recorded in 1640–50; pre- + possession

Related formspre·pos·ses·sion·ar·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for prepossession

prepossession

/ (ˌpriːpəˈzɛʃən) /

noun

the state or condition of being prepossessed
a prejudice or bias, esp a favourable one
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Word Origin and History for prepossession

prepossession

n.

1640s, noun of action from prepossess (v.).

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