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

First recorded in 1640–50; pre- + possession
Related formspre·pos·ses·sion·ar·y, adjective


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Historical Examples

  • But this only subjected me to reproach, as having a prepossession in his favour which I would not own.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • It may take him two or three years to come even on it; but it is a prepossession with him.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • She was then pleased to charge me with prepossession and prejudice.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Hadn't he usually in his heart a prepossession for some young lady?

  • Hadn't he usually a prepossession in his heart for some young lady?

British Dictionary definitions for prepossession


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


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

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