prepossessing

[pree-puh-zes-ing]

adjective

that impresses favorably; engaging or attractive: a confident and prepossessing young man.

Nearby words

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

Origin of prepossessing

First recorded in 1635–45; prepossess + -ing2

Related formspre·pos·sess·ing·ly, adverbpre·pos·sess·ing·ness, nounun·pre·pos·sess·ing, adjectiveun·pre·pos·sess·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for unprepossessing

unprepossessing

adjective

not creating a favourable impression; unattractive

prepossessing

adjective

creating a favourable impression; attractive
Derived Formsprepossessingly, adverbprepossessingness, noun

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